The Unfollower

One of the problems with working at a company like Spotify is that my Spotify account gets filled up with all sorts of work-related playlists. Over the last few years I’ve built lots of apps that create playlists. When I test these apps I end up generating lots of playlists that I will never ever listen to. If I were a tidy soul, I’d clean up my playlists after ever project, but, alas, that is something I never do. The result is that after working at Spotify for a year (and using Spotify for 8 years), I’ve accumulated many hundreds of garbage playlists. Now I could go into the Spotify desktop client and clean these up, but in the current client there’s no good way to bulk delete playlists.  Each playlist delete takes at least 3 clicks.  The prospect of doing this hundreds of times to clean up the playlist garbage is  a bit overwhelming.

I had  a few hours to kill in a coffeeshop yesterday so I decided to deal with my playlist mess.  I wrote a little Spotify web app called The Unfollower that lets you unfollow any of your playlists with a single click.  If you change your mind, you can re-follow any playlist that you unfollow.

The Unfollower screenshot

The Unfollower uses the Spotify Web API to make it all happen. In particular it relies on the  Follow/Unfollow API that was recently added by the API team.

If you are like me and have lots of dead playlists clogging up your Spotify, and you are looking for a streamlined way of cleaning them up, give The Unfollower a try.

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  1. #1 by david talbot on April 17, 2015 - 11:11 pm

    Hi Paul,
    this is a bit off topic but something you might be interested in.
    I listen to 1500 of my favourites songs in one playlist like a jukebox on my Sandisk Sansa e200 player. I shuffled the order and saved the playlist.
    But as I listen to this playlist everyday I started to notice some artists with many songs e.g. The Beatles total is 150, would play too soon e.g. 3 songs apart.
    To remedy this I manually went through the Sansa player playlist and put each The Beatles song evenly spaced (every 10 songs). As you might imagine this was a laborious task.
    Since I am increasing my favourite songs from 1500 to about 4500 I want to do the above for all the artists with say more than 20 songs, but I cannot find any software that has ‘even distribution’ as a method or option in playlist management.
    My only options as I see it are:
    1. Create playlist in Media Monkey or Window Media Player and manually move songs.
    2. Use a text editor to edit a M3U playlist file and use the ‘go to’ line number function to move songs.
    Both options are pretty slow and repetitive.
    If you have any ideas let me know.

  2. #2 by david talbot on April 18, 2015 - 12:27 am

    Hi Paul,
    I have found a solution. There is a music player called AIMP which has a plugin called Ultramix which distributes artists evenly in playlists.
    I didn’t want to waste your time so I thought I would let you know.

  3. #3 by timvernimmen on April 25, 2015 - 7:26 pm

    As a matter of fact, in the current desktop client there’s no good way to do anything. Could you please build a better one?

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