[Updated: Dec. 16] Spotify 'Daily Mix', 'Release Radar' or 'Discover Weekly' plays wrong playlist/album (with same name) using voice commands

New updates are being added at the bottom of this story…….

Original story (published on December 07, 2021) follows:

If you an audiophile, you must have definitely heard of Spotify. The popular audio streaming service is used by millions worldwide and has more than 158 million premium subscribers.

With more than 70 million tracks, Spotify generated a revenue of more than 2.5 billion euros thank to Spotify developers continuously working on bringing in new features.

Spotify-iOS-app-inline-new

But sometimes these updates break some functionalities such as the recent issue where the shuffle function was broken and was playing the same songs over and over.

Having said that, Spotify subscribers are now reporting (1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10) that whenever they ask voice assistants like Siri and Google Assistant to play Daily mix, Release Radar, or Discover Weekly, the app plays albums or songs instead of their playlists.

This is really annoying for those who use voice commands on a daily basis to listen to their playlists using voice commands. Interestingly, Spotify had claimed that they had fixed the issue a while ago, but users suggest otherwise.

Spotify-daily-mix-voice-commands
Source

One of my favorite things to do on Monday morning is to say hey (Alexa, Google, Siri) play Discover Weekly on Spotify and my whole house starts playing the custom list for me. But these past couple of weeks, someone got really wise and put a garbage techno playlist titled Discover Weekly as the compilation name. FFS. Spotify. Please. Protect the names of these playlists so people don’t have to listen to horrible music with cleverly named albums designed to hijack the algorithmically derived playlists I’ve come to enjoy.
(Source)

I spent almost 3 hours with technical support level 1, 2 and 3 tech support. If you use google assistant or google homes and say hey google, play daily mix 1, or release radar, or discovery weekly, it will play some random albums or compilations and not your personal playlists. Even if you use keywords my and my playlist, it will not work. The issue even happens with google assistant on iPhone, but Siri works fine. Spotify level 3 was able to reproduce the error and hopefully they will fix it with Google very soon.
(Source)

Moreover, some artists and creators seem to be aware of the exploit and are now renaming their content after the same names that feature on Spotify, among them ‘Discover weekly’ and ‘Release radar’, in order to get played by voice assistants who can’t exactly tell the difference.

But with Spotify yet to comment on the matter, it looks like users will have to wait for a while before the Daily mix issue with voice commands is fixed.

Nonetheless, we will be keeping an active track of further developments on the topic and update this space as and when required.

Update 1 (December 16)

04:29 pm (IST): Some users are now reporting that the daily mix using voice commands is working for them as it should. So, it seems that the issue is now fixed, however, there is no confirmation if its resolved for everyone.

Note: We have more such stories in our dedicated Spotify Section so be sure to follow them as well.

PiunikaWeb started as purely an investigative tech journalism website with main focus on ‘breaking’ or ‘exclusive’ news. In no time, our stories got picked up by the likes of Forbes, Foxnews, Gizmodo, TechCrunch, Engadget, The Verge, Macrumors, and many others. Want to know more about us? Head here.

Want to work for PiunikaWeb and enjoy best-in-industry compensation & benefits? You'll be glad to know we're hiring experienced candidates.

Anurag Chawake

My fascination with technology and computers goes back to the days of Windows XP. Since then, I have been tinkering with OS, mobile phones, and other things. When I am not working on anything, you will find me enjoying video games on some Discord server.