Spotify Trials New Option to Turn Off Personalized Recommendations

Spotify is trialing a new ability for users to turn off their personalized recommendations, according to beta code unearthed by MacRumors contributor Aaron Perris.

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Depending on how it works, the new option could conceivably allow users to prevent songs played on their account on behalf of other listeners from affecting their personalized recommendations. Either way, it is likely to be welcomed by Spotify users who aren't entirely satisfied with the success rate of the service's algorithms in matching new songs to their listening tastes.

Spotify's recommendation system combines a number of machine learning and AI-driven methods. The service's algorithm analyzes listening history, favorite genres, and the time of day that users listen to music, and bases its personal recommendations on these parameters. This process is combined with content-based filtering, which analyzes the audio of a song that a user interacts with, and takes into account characteristics like time signature, key, and tempo to recommend new songs with similar characteristics.

Spotify's recommendations system also uses something called collaborative filtering. For example, if two users have similar music tastes, Spotify might recommend songs one user has listened to but the other hasn't. However, this can end up with Spotify recommending more popular items more often than lesser known songs, resulting in an "echo chamber" effect, and for new users with no listening history it is next to useless.

It's not clear when the new option to turn off personal recommendations will appear for Spotify users, or whether the trial is region-specific. Spotify simply says it is "evaluating the ability," and thanks users for trying it out to help make Spotify better.

Apple is introducing a similar function for Apple Music subscribers in iOS 17.2, in the form of an additional Focus filter that can automatically turns off a user's ‌‌Apple Music‌‌ listening history. Apple's substantial software update is expected to land on iPhones in December.

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Nothing Phone(2) Avatar
9 months ago
Why do you use Spotify over Apple Music? Because of personal recommendation.
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Godspeed8230 Avatar
9 months ago

Why do you use Spotify over Apple Music? Because of personal recommendation.
Because of shared playlists from users :)
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Mrkevinfinnerty Avatar
9 months ago

Why do you use Spotify over Apple Music? Because of personal recommendation.
Also the UI is miles better and Spotifys Mac app actually works.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
toobravetosave Avatar
9 months ago

Why do you use Spotify over Apple Music? Because of personal recommendation.
and turning them off when you want is just another way to customize your recommendations...
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
immac Avatar
9 months ago

Thank goodness! I do not need personalized recommendations nor do I want them.
Amen….And Apple TV is even WORSE if you can imagine that….Continual bombardment with crap I don’t want to look at …. Nor can I get rid of to reduce clutter…..Why not have a “swipe right” option…..?
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
CarAnalogy Avatar
9 months ago

You’re really sad over a first world luxury? Really?
Can people on the internet stop taking everything so literally?

It’s on a curve. Like, I see how it is and I am disappointed that it’s not better and then I think about something else.

Don’t worry, I don’t have soul crushing depression over Google’s poor software.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)