Spotify Removals

Today Spotify has 3,689,519 tracks available in the UK. Five days ago they had 3,696,457 tracks: that’s around 7,000 fewer tracks. What’s going on? Well mostly the reason for this reduction is that Spotify periodically merge duplicate albums which reduces the total number.

However tracks and albums are also frequently removed from Spotify at the behest of record labels. It seems labels often change their minds about what they want to allow on Spotify. Perhaps this is due to the artists involved complaining or some other reason, who knows really. So along with the weekly additions there are weekly removals too. Additions are well-documented on the official Spotify blog, but removals are obviously barely ever mentioned.

Whenever a track gets pulled or locked-out from your region, it turns brown in Spotify:

This is at least better than the track disappearing completely, as it gives you an opportunity to replace the track from another source (e.g. a different greatest hits package or compilation). However when entire albums are pulled this becomes near impossible. I’ve been using Spotify for a few months now and so have created quite a few playlists. Spotify themselves do not publish information about removals, but from my playlists I can see a snapshot of what’s gone AWOL.

Here are my Top 10 albums that used to be on Spotify UK but aren’t any more:

The last three here may not have been available in the UK, so perhaps some of the above are still available in your country. Sometimes albums might re-appear, so it’s always worth re-checking with a Spotify search every once and a while.

  • Pelle Sten

    Covenant’s Northern Light is still available in Sweden so it seems like at least that is a localization issue. Too bad.

  • azc

    Another example of how labels are living in a different reality to the rest of us.

    This album has just 5 tracks available from a total of 18.

    And this album is marked as being available, hence it shows up, but has no playable tracks.

    Also this text-editing box is really annoying, and doesn’t let me do any perfectly normal text manipulation such as copy and paste.

  • Afront

    Thanks for the comments. "Northern Light" is a great album, Covenant's best imo. I hope it's back in the UK soon.

    azc, the Arctic Monkey's removal is a strange one as their other album (also on Domino) IS available… sorry about the text-editing btw, I'll look into some alternatives.

  • Fad

    Disappointing. 🙁 I hoped Spotify wouldn’t fall victim to disappearing track syndrome like

  • MC

    Personally i do not like using a spotify, a prefer deezer or – much better!

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