Playlists on Spotify don‘t just organize your personal music library. For over 456 million users, these public playlists also strengthen brand image and customer relationships. However, failing to prune your library of outdated or irrelevant playlists can undermine your brand‘s reputation. In this article, we will learn the steps to delete a playlist on Spotify using various devices.
Why Should Small Businesses Delete Playlists?
With over 4 billion public playlists created, Spotify dominates music streaming. Playlists also dominate listener behavior – over 90% of Spotify‘s 456 million users regularly access curated playlists.
As a small business owner, your public playlists showcase your brand personality. But playlists can also date your brand if songs fall out of popularity or relevance. Pruning your library and deleting outdated playlists sustains your reputation.
Let‘s look at the steps to seamlessly manage your Spotify presence.
Steps to Delete a Spotify Playlist
Deleting a playlist completely removes it from your Spotify account across all devices. But you can recover deleted playlists within 90 days of removal.
- Open the Spotify desktop app and click on "Your Library" in the sidebar
- In the "Playlists" section, right-click the playlist you want to delete
- Select "Delete" from the drop-down menu
- Confirm you want to delete the playlist
- Open the Spotify app and tap on "Your Library"
- Scroll down and tap on "Playlists"
- Swipe left on the playlist title and tap "Delete"
- Confirm you want to permanently delete the playlist
On Web Player
- Go to Spotify‘s web player and click your profile name
- Select "Playlists" under the main banner
- Hover over the playlist title, click the 3 dots icon, and choose "Delete"
- Confirm deletion in the pop-up prompt
What Happens When a Playlist is Deleted?
Once deleted, your playlist immediately disappears from Spotify across all devices. However:
- Followers lose access: Anyone following your playlist can no longer view it
- Songs removed from your library: Any liked songs saved only to the deleted playlist are removed from Your Songs
- Collaborative playlists unaffected: Co-creators retain playlist access if created "collaboratively"
Playlists can be recovered with original content intact for up to 90 days post-deletion. Beyond 90 days, deleted playlists cannot be restored.
When Should Playlists Be Permanently Deleted?
Generally, temporary deletion gives you time to resurrect playlists if removed accidentally. However, permanent deletion is warranted when:
- Brand damage: Playlists actively undermine your desired brand image
- Legal obligations: Licensing issues or copyright claims necessitate removal
- Data privacy: Playlists holding sensitive customer data require permanent deletion
In these cases, permanently deleting playlists protects your brand, company, and customers.
Managing your library of Spotify playlists sustains your brand over time. Specifically:
- Regularly prune your public Spotify playlists to match your brand voice
- Deleting outdated or irrelevant playlists can uphold your brand reputation
- Recovering recently deleted playlists gives you a 90 day window to restore content
- Permanent deletion is an option if playlists risk legal action or customer data privacy
With over 4 billion public playlists on Spotify, standing out requires consistently presenting your brand identity. Follow these best practices for creating and deleting playlists to strengthen your connection with customers.