Spotify allowing users to block an artist in new feature

Spotify block users

writer icon Vera P. Jensen     Spotify   |   Tech     🕐 23. Jan. 2019

Responding to growing pressure from users to allow you to block artists from playing on your playlists, as well as those algorithm-generated by Spotify and found in various music charts, Spotify is testing out this feature.

So far it has reportedly been tested on a limited user base for a few months, and it sees updates adding both a ‘block’ and ‘mute’ functionality, with the former ensuring that you are not even able to play the artist in question when trying to, unless you choose to unblock them again.

Official word from Spotify as of January 20 is that blocking is still “not possible right now”, but the testing of this function on for instance Spotify’s iOS beta version serves to indicate that this will be available across the board sometime soon.

Reports state that to access this new feature you simply click on 'Don’t play this artist' which is found through the menu option on the updates versions of artist’s page. There is however still no word on how to access the possible feature ‘mute’ as of this date.

Spotify also made the news earlier this year, when they removed artist R. Kelly’s songs from their own recommended and curated playlists, amid numerous sexual assault allegations against the singer. “We don’t censor content because of an artist’s or creator’s behaviour, but we want our editorial decisions – what we choose to program – to reflect our values,” a statement from the company said at the time.

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