In what is the best news of 2019 so far, the latest Spotify update on mobile devices allows users to block music from artists they don’t like.
A “Don’t play this” feature was sneakily added in the new version of the Spotify app for iOS and Android and it’s a lifesaver. The feature is available to premium and free users.
No more DJ Khaled. No more Ariana Grande. No more Ty Dolla $ign, Pitbull or Tyga. I… I think I feel a tear coming to my eye. It’s a dream come true.
To access the feature, navigate to any artist’s page on the Spotify app and tap on the three vertical bars in the top right-hand corner of the screen. A menu will pop up with a “Don’t play this artist” option.
Once selected, a message appears at the bottom of the screen that says, “Ok, we won’t play music from this artist.” That’s it. Freedom.
Once blocked, the artist’s music won’t appear in your playlists, charts, radio stations or personal library. But they’re not completely invisible, given they may still appear if they’re featured in another artist’s song.
The feature is simple, but so useful. I can’t even imagine how many times I’ve found a playlist only to skip through tracks from artists I can’t stand. By getting rid of artists that you hate, the feature will also improve Spotify’s algorithm and its ability to learn your listening habits to create curated playlists for you.
Thurrott was the first to discover the feature, and noted that Spotify previously contemplated offering the ability to block artists back in 2017. “After serious consideration” they decided against it, but it appears they’ve had a change of heart.
As of yet, the feature doesn’t appear to be available on Spotify’s web and desktop applications, but it shouldn’t be long until it rolls out across all platforms.
[Feature image by Heidi Sandstrom]