Spotify is making changes on the ways that it credits artists for each song, now referencing more people who helped craft a piece of music. In a coming update to their app, iOS mobile users will now be able to see most songs’ songwriters and producers, as long as their labels provide the information.
The option is already available in for Apple smartphones and can be used by clicking on the three-dot icon next to each song and then clicking on “Song credits”. This was also available for PC users of the app by doing a right click on each song and selecting the same option. According to the company, they are currently doing efforts to track all the missing information, which will be up to publishers or songwriters to upload themselves.
The company has also stated in its blog that this is only the first in many steps they are going to take in the near future to give customers more complete and accurate information of the people involved in each song. They stated that ‘the feature will continually evolve to become more efficient, provide better functionality, and incorporate more information from industry partners over time.’
Apple Music, Spotify’s main competition when it comes to music streaming apps, does not offer such an accessible option to see this information within the app itself. While Siri can definitely answer questions related to the information and topics, but they don’t go into a lot of detail and can sometimes provide inaccurate information.
Although Spotify has previously struggled to give its artists credit or revenue for the streams from their music, this is a step forward towards a better relationship between the two. Hopefully this will transcend mere credit – which should be considered the bare minimum – and will call for more respect and appropriate payment to artists through streaming services.
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