Spotify Radio function not adding new songs & instead plays tunes from existing library? You aren't alone

In the last few years, Spotify has become the go-to audio streaming service for millions of people worldwide. And there’s a good reason behind it.

With a library consisting of more than 70 million songs, Spotify has one of the largest music collections available on the internet. Having
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And according to recent reports from Spotify users, it looks like the radio function is now adding new songs but playing audio from the user’s existing collection.

Many say that it’s been a while since they have heard a new track or artist when tuning in to Spotify Radio. Users say that the radio has become an echo chamber and dwells on the same songs instead of finding new music to listen to.

Some Spotify subscribers say that they want to discover new songs without the service referring to their listening history.

People are frustrated and wondering why the radio function even exists since it is recommending songs they have already listened to or favorited.

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I’ve been going looney from the Spotify algorithm. Every single time I click on the “radio” button on a song I like, I only get shown songs I’ve already heard or have liked. It is impossible to find new music. Almost every song in any radio is the the same as other radios for the same genre. I used to use Tidal, and their track radios just show songs that other users listen to that are similar to the song that the radio is created for. Spotify uses your own taste, which sounds like a good idea, but in reality you just constantly get shown recycled radios disguised as new ones. Any advice for finding new stuff?
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Spotify seems to keep recommending me my songs. No matter how deep i dive into a genre I’ve never listened to before than click on song radio, I’ll still get recommended my songs. I.e. I’ll click on a Spanish rock songs radio (I don’t listen to this genre) and it’ll be full of mf doom, slightly stoopid and all the other music I already listen too. Does anyone else have this problem? Why is Spotify boxing me in?
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As it turns out, Spotify did change the algorithm for Radio and Autoplay formats in November of 2020, which might explain why people are hearing songs from their library.

Here is what they said when making changes to the algorithm:

We’re testing this to make sure it’s a great experience for both listeners and artists. To start, we’ll focus on applying this service to our Radio and Autoplay formats, where we know listeners are looking to discover new music. As we learn from this experiment, we’ll carefully test expanding to other personalized areas of Spotify. We believe this new service will unlock more discoveries than ever before. Our recommendations rely on signals from you, so keep on listening to what you love!
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In the meantime, if you are tired of hearing music from your library when tuning in to Spotify Radio, you can try enabling Autoplay to create a radio with a mix of existing and new songs.

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We hope Spotify listens to its users and updates its algorithm for Radio so users can listen and enjoy new songs. In the meantime, do let us know if the above tip did the trick for you in the comments down below.

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

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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.