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How can I disable recommendations based on country (local suggestions)?


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Hello, I live outside of my home country and don't enjoy at all locals taste for music / local music / trends and the local music charts. Is there a way to configure Deezer to show / suggest and play only music of my taste, music inside the style already flagged by me?
I was listening a very immersive album and usually Deezer keeps on with the same style after the last track, but not this time (and some others). Some local terrible music started playing and completely ruined all that experience.
I had already tried to use foreign proxies / VPNs but my account seems to be glued to my geographical location, maybe coz my credit card billing address. Can this be fixed / changed? I'm almost giving up with Deezer and trying some alternatives. I already pay for Pandora that works fine but doesn't let me listen to an entire album like Deezer does.
I really appreciate your help.
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Best answer by Pia.Deezer 2 May 2020, 19:12

Hi @Noora thank you for contacting us regarding this matter. 

Please bear in mind that the recommendations on the Deezer start page are not tailored to your taste of music. Only the sections “Made for you” and “Recommended releases” are tailored to your taste. Everything else is popular music of the country you are at. In case you do not like these please use other ways to discover new music, i.e. Flow, Discovery playlist, artist mix of your favourite artists, track mix of your favourite tracks etc. :wink:

It won’t be possible to have no recommendations of any location on the Deezer start page but our product managers are working hard on a project which will enable to change location to a Deezer country of your choice :slight_smile: Just patience is needed until this is realised. 

Apologies for any inconvenience caused. 

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Hi there.

Is there a way to disable Deezer automatically curating music based on my location. For example, in South Africa, we have a wide cultural divide. It is pretty irritating to see a whole bunch of music which is completely unsuited to the taste of someone who identifies more with mainstream, international music trends, as opposed to locally produced music, which is meant for a completely different audience.

Thanks
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Hi @charlimmelman, Deezer will always suggest playlists with music popular in your country. But our Flow and also the recommended playlists in your notifications should show playlists based on your listening habits 🙂
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Hi there 🙂 You can't disable it, but there's a workaround. First of all, the recommendations and the Flow are based on your favourites, favourite artists etc. If you still see country charts in your recommendations, I assume you don't have enough tracks, artists for Deezer to pick from and recommend the right music 🙂 So if you add more tracks and artists and also dislike tracks that don't suit your tast, Deezer will learn fast :)

If you like charts from other countries, I suggest you check our out "country Charts" channel 🙂
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Hi Anja, thanks for replying.
I have thousands of tracks, artists and albums flagged as favorites in a very specific style so I don't think my account lacks this information. Maybe it’s a bug or a momentary problem, Anyway, it's quite annoying when it happens. I keep clicking the "x" when I dislike something that is playing but sometimes a group of
5 or 6 songs keeps playing in a loop no matter how many times I click on the "x" for those songs.
Hope this can be fixed...
Thanks!
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@GuilhermeO hmmm this observation might be linked to this. Check the discussion out, it might already answer some of your questions 🙂
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Thanks Shannon! It seems some other people are having the same issues I am. Deezer was better in the past and lately things seems to be getting worse/broken.
Lets wait and see if they get it right.
Quite off-topic but the mobile app is an example of what could be improved having the same web app features. "Hear this" is one of the features that never worked well on the mobile app and now it doesn't exist any more in favor of some awkward playlists based on artists I like that actually get it all wrong. It seems Deezer is trying to add Pandora like features but it's a bit far from getting it to work correctly. It's easy to find mixed salsa and rock songs from two different artists sharing the same name, so things seems to be sorted based on the artist name and not on the music itself. Hope they can get it working right as it's a very good idea!
Cheers!
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Thanks Shannon! It seems some other people are having the same issues I am. Deezer was better in the past and lately things seems to be getting worse/broken.
Lets wait and see if they get it right.
Quite off-topic but the mobile app is an example of what could be improved having the same web app features. "Hear this" is one of the features that never worked well on the mobile app and now it doesn't exist any more in favor of some awkward playlists based on artists I like that actually get it all wrong. It seems Deezer is trying to add Pandora like features but it's a bit far from getting it to work correctly. It's easy to find mixed salsa and rock songs from two different artists sharing the same name, so things seems to be sorted based on the artist name and not on the music itself. Hope they can get it working right as it's a very good idea!
Cheers!


Hi there, we've already passed the feedback about the missing hear this on the app on to the team. As of now, it's intended to not have in the app, but maybe this will change in the future :)

Regarding two artists with the same name, this is something that happens sometimes and we really appreciate this feedback from users. If you can think of a profile, would you mind letting us know in the music forum? We will let our music team straight away and they can fix this easily 🙂
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Hello Anja.
Really sad to now about the mobile app. The way people rely more and more on mobile devices every day it's odd thinking the app is a reduced version of the web player and will continue this way.

Will post on the music forum when I find awkward music combinations.

Thanks.

Hi thee, we've already passed the feedback about the missing hear this on the app on to the team. As of now, it's intended to not have in the app, but maybe this will change in the future :)

Regarding two artists with the same name, this is something that happens sometimes and we really appreciate this feedback from users. If you can think of a profile, would you mind letting us know in the music forum? We will let our music team straight away and they can fix this easily :)
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I live in israel, but i don't wanna see songs in hebrew. only in English. My account is in Englise, but i still see songs in hebrew. When i go to "popular" i see Israeli singers. i don't want that. i don't like israeli music. so how can i set Deezer to show me music like i live in the US?
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@Benjaminc I moved your question to this topic as it was already discussed here 🙂
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@Benjaminc I moved your question to this topic as it was already discussed here :)
My English isn't my main language. Can you give me tl;dr so i won't need to read all the discussion? Pretty please 😅
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@Benjaminc I moved your question to this topic as it was already discussed here :)
My English isn't my main language. Can you give me tl;dr so i won't need to read all the discussion? Pretty please 😅


Sure, so basically you can't change the country recommendations in your profile. But you can check the channel "Charts" and then chose a country chart playlist of your choice. Also I'd suggest you dislike all of the tracks from you country when they appear in your Flow. That way Deezer and especially Flow will learn quick and notice that you don't like certain genres or country specific music 🙂
Hi,

In the past few weeks, my usually-great flow playlists have been absolutely bombarded with low-quality local music, and I don't understand why did that happen. When it comes to my listening habits, I only listen to one local artist regularly (Silente) and almost never anyone else, yet my playlists keep getting polluted with all varieties of local artists. The infuriating part here is that the band I listen to is a rock band, yet the recommendations I'm getting on a local level contain all kinds of terrible pop and turbofolk music.

Is there a way I can change my country for recommendations, or disable local music recommendations all-together? Deezer's flows have been really good for me since their release, but in the past month or so they got to a point where I would have to skip every other song if I wanted to take a listen...
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@Simplici7y I moved your post here, since it's the same idea. Our previous replies still apply so check these for some more information. 🤓
As mentioned, this feedback has already been forwarded 🙂
@Simplici7y I moved your post here, since it's the same idea. Our previous replies still apply so check these for some more information. 🤓

As mentioned, this feedback has already been forwarded :)

The issue I have with your suggestion about disliking country specific music in Flow is that they don't show in the regular flow at all. My problem is that they show up in the "Inspired by" flow playlists - however I cannot seem to find a "dislike" or "don't show this again" button anywhere in those.
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Flow now plays music from the country I live in. It didn't before, don't know what happened. I really can't stand it, horrible & stupid lyrics. Anyway, I would really like to exclude them from Flow, as it just turned useless for me.

A feature which excludes music from selected countries would be awesome.

Thank you!
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@Simplici7y I moved your post here, since it's the same idea. Our previous replies still apply so check these for some more information. 🤓

As mentioned, this feedback has already been forwarded :)

The issue I have with your suggestion about disliking country specific music in Flow is that they don't show in the regular flow at all. My problem is that they show up in the "Inspired by" flow playlists - however I cannot seem to find a "dislike" or "don't show this again" button anywhere in those.


The "Inspired by" is our new Flow tabs 🙂 You don't get the dislike button because these tabs are updated weekly. It's a playlist made from Deezer to you based on your Flow. You can learn a bit more about it here. 😉


@Simplici7y I moved your post here, since it's the same idea. Our previous replies still apply so check these for some more information. 🤓


As mentioned, this feedback has already been forwarded :)
The issue I have with your suggestion about disliking country specific music in Flow is that they don't show in the regular flow at all. My problem is that they show up in the "Inspired by" flow playlists - however I cannot seem to find a "dislike" or "don't show this again" button anywhere in those.
The "Inspired by" is our new Flow tabs 🙂 You don't get the dislike button because these tabs are updated weekly. It's a playlist made from Deezer to you based on your Flow. You can learn a bit more about it here. ;)

I know! But if it's based on my flow, that means I should have a way of influencing it, correct?

Still, for some reason, my flow almost never plays local songs for me (and when it does, it's only the ones I listen to), yet those "Inspired by" keep getting more and more cluttered by local songs. And I would like to declutter those "Inspired by" tabs so I can enjoy them too, as I did before they started getting ruined 😞
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Hi there, thanks for the suggestion and sorry for the late reply.

The songs you can play are always related to the country where you activate your subscription. We are happy to forward this although it is unlikely to be implemented as we have different rights in different countries and would be difficult for legal reasons.
Okay, since there's no way of making "Inspired by" stop giving me bad local songs in the middle of an otherwise great playlist, I resorted to reporting local songs as "undesirable content", which is technically true...maybe that helps since there's literally nothing else I can do (except constantly having to skip on my playlists).
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Ok, here is an idea for all of you that gets mad like me with the awful / ridiculous / bad taste suggestions Deezer gives on the front page on the "Deezer Recomends", "Playlist ´picks", "Popular", "Charts" etc... It´s only cosmetic but at least save us from having to see the faces of filthy “artists” that doesn’t have a clue of what actual music is. Use an ad blocker on your browser and block those sections of the front page. Most of them allows us to “point and block” so that annoying section will not show again. It´s only cosmetic, it doesn’t change a thing on how Deezer works or suggest the next song, but it’s a starting point… Unfortunately there is no similar solution for mobile app.
Good luck!
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It would be such a fantastic feature if Deezer could work as a mix of what it is right now and Pandora. Pandora doesn't take into account the band/artist name, but the actual music, how it's it structure, kind of lyrics, male/female singer, rock/pop/jazz/classical/major/minor etc so if you pick some songs it will always suggest something related with that style and not based on the artist name/country or associations. The downside, you can´t listen to an album like Deezer, only music suggested by Pandora based on the style/artists you used as "seed".
Mixing this two algorithms would certainly bring Deezer to the number one on the list of streaming services. And of course stop suggesting crappy music / "artist" as a starter would also help a lot.
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It would be such a fantastic feature if Deezer could work as a mix of what it is right now and Pandora. Pandora doesn't take into account the band/artist name, but the actual music, how it's it structure, kind of lyrics, male/female singer, rock/pop/jazz/classical/major/minor etc so if you pick some songs it will always suggest something related with that style and not based on the artist name/country or associations. The downside, you can´t listen to an album like Deezer, only music suggested by Pandora based on the style/artists you used as "seed".
Mixing this two algorithms would certainly bring Deezer to the number one on the list of streaming services. And of course stop suggesting crappy music / "artist" as a starter would also help a lot.


Thanks for the feedback! We are improving our algorithms and all feedbacks are welcome! I'm sorry that there is nothing I can change right now, but we will pass your suggestion on to our devs. 😉
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The greatest selling point of apps like Deezer is to be able to discover new music based on your previous listening history. The recommendation algorithm is supposed to work based on your "taste", not your "location".

It's annoying to have your Flow affected by your location. Just because I'm using the app in a country I'm currently working in, it doesn't mean I'm interested in their hits, charts and songs. I might not even speak the given language, some of your users are traveling expats.

Please give users a way to circumvent this issue with an option like:

1- Ability to disable location based suggestions
2- Ability to change user "location" in preferences manually. (like Youtube)
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It would be great if users could choose whether they want to see recommendations based on the country they live in or not. I am an expat in the middle east and my deezer homepage is filled with middle eastern music which I have no interest in. It is a nice addition, but considering the number of expats here, I am sure I am not the only one who would like the OPTION to change my recommendations based on what is popular globally as opposed to regionally.

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