A new Spotify "Line-In" feature allows users to suggest edits to the information (metadata) that the streamer has about artists, albums and songs.
The Swedish-based service gives users access to millions of songs from all major record labels, including a large selection of South African artists, they can choose to stream the music or download it for later listening if they upgrade their account.
"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", a company spokesperson told Variety. There's even an option to select what kind of mood the song is. From there, users can recommend "mood", "genre", "aliases", and other tags to add to Spotify's metadata ecosystem. To fix this, you'll go to the "Artist Roles" section on the album page and correct the "main artist" by marking an "X" next to the wrong item, and clicking "Add Credit" to add anyone who's missing.
Spotify first began testing Line-In with a subset of its audience last fall. The company explained, "Spotify considers the source, and thoroughly reviews and checks the accuracy of this information, before the suggestions are folded into the data that powers our services".
Though there are some comparisons to a service like Wikipedia, which also relies on user contributions from editors, Spotify says Line-In is not a wiki, but rather a crowdsourced editing tool.