Website update 13 March - Editing scrobbles (subscriber feature)

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Hi everyone,

We've just added an exciting new feature for subscribers - editing scrobbles!

See below for more details on how this works. If you have any questions or feedback on using this feature, please let us know.

Cheers,
Laura & the Last.fm team


Where can I edit a scrobble?

Scrobble editing is a feature available to subscribers.

To edit a scrobble, go your user profile or library and choose a view that shows a list of your scrobbles - that is either your recent tracks, or a track page in your library.

Open the "three dots" menu that is visible when you highlight a scrobble, and choose "Edit scrobble".



This shows a dialog where you can change the names of the artist, track, album or album artist that you've scrobbled.





How does scrobble editing work?

  • You can change the name of just the artist, track, album, or album artist, or all
  • There must be an artist and a track name; album and album artist are optional, although you need an album artist for an album, and an album when you add an album artist
  • When you save your changes, they are applied straight away
  • You cannot change the time of a scrobble
  • The dialog shows all names as you scrobbled them, even if you have corrections enabled
  • When you have corrections enabled, bear in mind that they may be applied to your edits (this means what you enter may not be what you see after saving your changes)
  • It is not possible to change just the upper or lower casing of names, due to how these are stored in our database
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This feature has been updated on April 25th, 2019 with a bulk editing option, see this announcement for more info:

https://getsatisfaction.com/lastfm/topics/website-update-25th-april

"Edit scrobble" is located on top of the dropdown options since May 24th, 2019 to prevent accidental deleting of scrobbles. Also "Delete scrobble" is in red now.

Keep in mind that your browser is probably able to remember what you added in the input fields and present these in a dropdown menu, so you don't have to manually type it for each scrobble, but simply type the first or only a few letters to choose the correct input from the dropdown list.
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Posted 6 months ago

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outoftuna

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This is great! I was able to do it before because PanoScrobbler has this option, but it's great that we can do it directly from the website.
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Derek Henderson

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Plus for me, Panoscrobbler has always been fairly buggy.
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onnovdw

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have been waiting for this for a long, long time. thanks, I instantly subscribed again!
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outoftuna

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FYI the 'learn more about corrections' link doesn't work, I mean, it is a link, but it's a link to the same page I'm on.
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Laura Last.fm, Official Rep

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Thanks, it should be working now :)

(It links to this page here... so a bigger round trip!)
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James Joul

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This is a nice addition to the site and something I've personally wanted for a long time. I've been testing it out and it seems to be working smoothly. It's great for fixing minor tagging issues. 

However, we really need a functioning auto-correction system to handle bigger issues. For example, if you have two identical albums that are tagged slightly differently thanks to a certain streaming platform, you'd have to go through and edit every individual Scrobble for every track in that album one by one. Or if you streamed a track with poor tags, you'd have to edit it every time you listened to it again. 

The ability to edit tracks and whole albums would be very useful and speed up the process greatly. But, really, we need auto-correction to do most of the heavy lifting to clean up bad tags in users' libraries and around the site by automatically merging tracks and albums together. 
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The ability to edit tracks and whole albums would be very useful and speed up the process greatly. But, really, we need auto-correction to do most of the heavy lifting to clean up bad tags in users' libraries and around the site by automatically merging tracks and albums together.
Hi James. Just to clarify, the scrobble editing feature isn't intended as a replacement for autocorrections nor is it a solution for the problems we currently have with that system. It's very much the intention to fix the autocorrections system, and have scrobble editing existing in tandem with that as a subscriber-only feature.

Of course, this feature does technically allow a user to switch off autocorrections if they wish, and fix all of their scrobbles themselves, ignoring autocorrections entirely forever, although that would be a lot of work!
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Hi Katy. Yes, I know this isn't intended to replace auto-corrections. Just trying to stress how important such a system is when it comes to correcting tags.

Being able to edit individual Scrobbles is great. But its uses are somewhat limited - unless you're willing to spend many hours editing individual Scrobbles! 
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I second the request to make this (excellent) new feature able to edit at a higher level, i.e. album name and artist name, since being only (perhaps understandably) available at the individual scrobble level means that historical scrobbles of any significant volume are going to be quite the labour of love to correct. Although, obviously, it's great we can actually do this now (as subscribers).

Great update.
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Missy Battishill

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I want to add my hope for a fix that autocorrects ongoing issues with songs that need editing. As an earlier comment notes, certain streaming services or differences between streaming services cause songs to scrobble incorrectly or to be separated from scrobbles for identical tracks because of some minor glitch in the artist name, etc. It's such a frustrating issue that makes scrobbling almost pointless. (Why collect data if the data is wrong, anyway?) Please continue to make that fix available, too! Thank you.
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Similarly I think a scrobble option at album level would be a great feature. For example I notice the "&" and "and" are interchangeable so I may have for example 50 tracks scrobbled as Adam And The Ants and another 50 as Adam & The Ants. To go through 50 individual corrections would be a lot of work whereas the option to correct at album level would reduce the task by 90%. Also another example is "Commodores" & "The Commodores" are scrobbled as 2 separate artists. I'm sure there are many other examples. Great new feature though.
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This gives me a reason to subscribe again :D
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In other related news, the new website design is back for subscribers as well.

By the way, depending on your browser it will save your edited lines when editing another track, album or artist and show it in a dropdown menu, so you only have to click on it instead of writing it again.
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Will there be api functions available to edit scrobbles?
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Jon, Community & Customer Services

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I'm not sure, I don't think it's been decided yet.  
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Houndworld

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Are these actual edits to the underlying scrobble data or just presentational? In other words, if say one were to subscribe to make some edits and then unsubscribe, would those edits be retained, or would they only be presented as long as the subscription was in place?
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It changes the underline scrobble data.  If you unsubscribe, those edits will be retained.  
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Houndworld

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Thanks Jon, and thanks for a really useful feature.
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cptchi

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I have no interest in this feature, but I'm sure a lot of people do, so good job on making it possible.
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Will there be an ability to combine scrobbles of two album names into one? Like Beartooth's album "Disgusting" into "Disgusting (Deluxe Edition)"?
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That's essentially what this does - you just edit the album name to whichever spelling variation you prefer.

e.g. if you have 3 scrobbles of "Disgusting (Deluxe Edition)" and 1 scrobble of "Disgusting", you can change that one scrobble to "Disgusting (Deluxe Edition)", and your charts will update to show 4 scrobbles of that album.
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Yeah that's what I just started doing and it's working well! I was more wondering about a "mass combine" ability, where I could click an "edit album" button to quickly convert a whole album at once but changing the scrobbles one by one shouldn't be too bad. It'll give me something to do on my free time lol. Thanks for the reply though!
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Also comes in handy when fixing typical Deezer scrobbling errors like missing "&" in artist, album and track names. "Marina the Diamonds", nevermore.
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Yes, being able to do this by album would be super helpful. Streaming album tags are a mess. Granted, I think this should be done at a higher, universal level to get better stats sitewide, but being able to do it ourselves is a start. 
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Does this only work for the last 2 weeks or all time? 
And will this be free later or forever for subscribers only?
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Hans-Jürgen, Moderator

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All time, as the original scrobble date cannot be changed anyhow. As far as I know, this will stay a subscriber-only feature.
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matwanninger

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Thank You! Can you add a feature that lets you edit album tags as well? merging deluxe albums/ remasters etc.

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matwanninger

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c'mon man u know what I mean. I mean like merge all at once. Say I have 1000 scrobbles of "Queen" and 200 scrobbles of "Queen (Deluxe)" I would like to add the deluxe scrobbles to the original by not clicking on each track one by one.
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What you mean is a bulk edit, which is currently unsupported.

To be fair to Hans, what you asked in your original post was if Last FM can "add a feature that lets you edit album tags as well", but this new edit-scrobble feature DOES allow you to do that.

A bulk edit feature, which would be a development of this edit-scrobble feature, would achieve the same result as merging.
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thats fair i couldve worded it better 
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I got only one question - it allows now to change one track at the time or we can change all scrobbled tracks with wrong "Artist Name" been scrobbled before?

Simple example: Artist TRUST changed his name to TR/ST - many tracks are already scrobbled as Trust, and new are going as TR/ST. For sure would be great to make it possible to move all old scrobbles to the new name
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@Lower Gets ,
in these 2 months from you post, I believe you already figured this out; but in case not, yes, you definitely can edit you old Trust scrobbles and move them to TR/ST.
Since you did not consider to clear this out, and since I don't find any automatic redirects from one to another (my personal scrobbles for Trust and for TR/ST are kept distinct, and I believe this is correct), I only can assume you changed your local tags in your files, which of course is nothing wrong.
Now you can definitely correct this situation and make all scrobble only to TR/ST.
Just take the songs one by one and edit the artist for it.

I've done myself this on a very similar situation with yours.
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Also note that your browser usually remembers your former inputs and shows them in a dropdown list where you can simply pick the correct one. You may have to type in the first letter though for the dropdown list to appear.
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I did not realize this was for subscriber's only, got it.
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You have to be a subscriber, and you have to look at the scrobbled tracks in your library, not the global track page. Then you should see the 3-dot dropdown menu with the Edit option at the bottom.
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Yes it is.
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Interesting feature! Will this be available through the API? I'd like to facilitate last.fm subscribers a way to, for example, fix all occurrences of one song across the library, or maybe to fix wildcard cases according to their preferences (e.g.: "update all spotify-like tags").

Understanding the danger involved in allowing an API client to modify the user library, I'll also venture to ask -since it isn't too far from this-: would there be an endpoint in the API to remove scrobbles?

Seeing this is possible -but understaind as well that it may have complicated ramifications-, I wonder: are you considering increasing the 2-week backdating limit for scrobbles now?

Thank you! :)
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hey, I like your project. Not to say that I love it. :D
I would like to support you in OpenScrobbler. I already followed you in github!
Wanna have a chat?
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Thank you so much! Gonna go edit the scrobbles I didn't already re-scrobble and fix my tags :D
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Best feature ever.  Absolutely love it.  I agree with several others, you need the ability to edit all matching instances of a song or album rather than individual tracks, but this is a great start.  For example, if one service has the album "The Mob Rules (Remastered Version)" and another "The Mob Rules (Remastered Edition)", it would be great to be able to select all of one and rename it to the other than one at a time.  The longer you scrobble, the more important a mass edit ability becomes.

Also, can the Edit Scrobble option be a bit more separated from the Delete Scrobble option? 
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I, too, welcome this! :-)
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Thanks. One of the most useful features I have now on last.fm.
Maybe it will follow the path of the "delete" feature ?
Deleting was available at first only for individual scrobbles, just as editing is now; so, will this eventually become available to change all scrobbles at once (this will include, of course, making corrections to album names, artist names etc.) ?

I already used this a few minutes ago, and changed a few wrong spelled scrobbles; it worked flawlessly.

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It only works for new scrobbles? that's kinda disappointing.
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It works for all Scrobbles, new or old. I've been editing ones from years ago. 
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This is fantastic! That said... I already deleted an old scrobble by accident... Any idea if anyone from last.fm can restore them? I added a screenshot of the scrobble in question just in case. (My username is NK-Metal)



So what I'm trying to say is please put the delete scrobble option far away from the edit option.
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Ah, yes ... that almost happened for me, either, but the other way around: I wanted to use the delete option, and clicked on the Edit option; luckily, the second window (with date to be edited) was definitely than the one for confirmation of delete, so I was able to re-select the proper one.
Well, this is something that we can accustom in a short time, anyway (having the edit immediate after the delete).

The undelete option, as far as I know, is not functioning since the 2015 switch to the new (then) interface.
There is no clear statement if this will or will not come back; but nothing keeps us from hoping, right ?

I also need this undelete, occasionally.
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Can I edit more than one at the same time?
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Unfortunately not, although there isn't a time restriction like there is for scrobble submissions. The editing tool works on all your scrobbles, even imported ones.
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This stopped working for me. It was working for me this morning. Now update scrobbles revert back to the previous scrobble right after I save it.
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Hi, we're looking into this.
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It's working sporadically for me, and seems to be lagging at times. Sometimes I'll edit a track, but then when I refresh the page it will revert back. If I then come back to the page say half an hour later, the edit will have been applied.
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Sorry about this, we're encountering database lag (affecting deletes and scrobbling too), due a small number of bot accounts spam scrobbling tens of thousands of tracks.  We've banned them, so the lag should subside soon.  The team are working on tools to detect and prevent this, so it shouldn't be an issue for much longer going forward.

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Sorry for jumping into this conversation Jon, but if I read your comment well I hope you will do something about this. People cannot see themselves thanks to these robots.
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It has stopped for me now.  Since yesterday, there was some lag I would have to wait maybe 10 minutes for them to go through.  Today, still waiting 30 minutes later.  Is it down?
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I just became a subscriber. Thank you Last.fm team!
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Fabulous! I was happy to discover this. Spotify has so many issues with their tags that I had to keep correcting it with the OWS. To be able to do it straight from the website is such a godsend. Thank you!
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This is cool, but can u please implement batch editing asap please.  Changing it one at a time when the error is identical across hundreds of plays is painful.

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