Spotify is introducing a new ‘mute artist’ feature to its iOS app. The feature, spotted by Thurrott, was later confirmed by other sources to be live on iOS devices. No word on Android yet, and as an Android user, I can confirm that the latest update (JAN 16), did not introduce the feature. The desktop app has not introduced it either.
To use the feature on you iOS device, you need to go to an artists page on the Spotify app, tap the three dots in the upper right corner and select “Don’t play this artist”. Then, one the artist is blocked, you will not see it appear in playlists, libraries, or anywhere else in the app except for the artist page. Additionally songs will not play too, unless you unblock the artist first.
Previous controversies relating to XXXTentacion, R. Kelly and others sparked users into action with campaigns to remove these musicians from Spotify and other music streaming services. However, artists and record labels fought back leaving Spotify decision makers in the crossfire. Apparently, now Spotify is letting its users be their own moral judge and remove whichever artist they choose. Of course, moral judgement is not the only thing that comes to mind when you want to rid your ears of a certain musician. Sometimes it is just the music itself that doesn’t sit well with our ears.
Do you think Spotify should take matters into their own hands regarding controversial artists? Do you like the new coming feature? Let us know what you think in the comments