Spotify now allows you to block or mute artists that you don’t like or who have said something obnoxious on Twitter .
The feature is live now and can be accessed by searching for an artist, tapping the three dots at the top of the screen and then selecting “don’t play this artist”.
It’s a pretty hardcore feature too, because not only does it stop them showing up in your Discover Weekly or radio playlists, it also flat out stops you from being able to play their tracks at all.
That’s right, once blocked an artist is essentially dead to you and their musical musings will never darken your door again.
So why do this? Well, you might have kids who keep playing Ed Sheeran or that Shark song. This might help with that as those artists will never be played, ever, not even once.
But there’s also a more serious point here too, that of the boycott. If an artist acts in a way you find distasteful, or they are found guilty of a crime, you may still find Spotify playing their tracks to you.
That was always frustrating and Spotify claimed that there was no mechanism through which it could block certain artists. Indeed it’s still, as of today, claiming it’s not possible – but it certainly is on the accounts we’ve tested.
While it no doubt makes only a small difference to the artist themselves, it certainly helps you to feel like you’re fighting the good fight while you chew through hours of Spotify’s radio playlists.
The only exception to the block is if the artist you dislike is collaborating with one you do like. In that case the song will play and you’ll just have to suck it up.