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Spotify wants its users to work to help improve its product — but if you’re one of their roughly 160 million users, don’t expect to receive any compensation.

The music streaming platform has introduced a new crowdsourcing tool that encourages its users to suggest edits and additions to music data it collects and stores.

The new tool, “Line-In,” was announced on Monday, and would allow Spotify “to better understand how Spotify listeners interpret music, so that we can improve experiences for both listeners and artists,” a press release stated.

“Some of the data categories listeners are invited to make suggestions for include: explicitness, genre, aliases, languages, mood, tags, artist roles, and external URLs,” the press release continued.

“Line-In” is currently only available for desktop Spotify users, but will continue to be modified and will receive additional features.

Aside from encouraging users to correct faulty data, users can also confirm when Spotify’s data already being used is correct, TechCrunch noted.

Yet Line-In has also drawn criticism as another example of how platforms exploit small amounts of their users’ labor without compensation. Spotify has also had a slew of problems in regards to music data collection in its recent past. Notably, curation was already …read more



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