Spotify has announced the launch a new tool that allows its fans and music lovers to suggest additions to the information it has about music on Spotify. The service, like most of its competitors, costs $9.99 per month for an individual plan or $14.99 per month for a family subscription accessible by up to six users.
All desktop Spotify users can access the Line-In tool by clicking the three dots next to an Artist, Album, or Song and selecting Suggest an Edit.
Once users have accessed the Line-In web interface, they can make suggestions about the song's genre, mood, and other attributes. "Over the past few months, we've confirmed our beliefs that listeners care deeply about the content on Spotify-they want the data to be useful and accurate", said the company's spokesperson. That's why the company added the ability to use tags as descriptors as well.
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Spotify is encouraging users to "use your musical prowess to do good" and correct its music metadata to help artists connect with more fans, and help other people discover new music by fuelling its personalisation engines. The goal is to leverage the wisdom of the crowds in correcting and expanding Spotify's data over time, which could give it a competitive advantage against rival services like Apple or Pandora, for example.
Line-In will also keep track of users' past edits, and includes "a number or surveys to test a submitter's music knowledge".
Notes Spotify in its FAQ, by confirming the data describing music, the company will be able to improve the experiences of the users and artists on its service. The leading streaming music provider remains Spotify, which has 71 million paid customers for its premium service.