Now in the Playground: Restore Artist & Tracks

Tuesday, 1 June 2010
by evilrix
filed under Announcements
Comments: 30

Being in charge of the database that stores everyone’s scrobbles is a great responsibility and one I don’t take lightly. One thing that I get asked now and again is, “I’ve accidentally deleted Artist X from my profile, can you restore it please?”. Sheesh, the work of a Scrobble Overlord is never done! :)

Well, the simple answer is, “yes I can” but up until now I’ve not had anything that allows it to be done with the click of a button or two. I decided enough was enough and the result is this Playground app.

Ladies and gentlemen, I bring you the self-service Artist & Track Restore Tool.

Okay, so just a very brief explanation of how it works (skip this if you don’t care). When you delete anything from your library we don’t actually delete it, we move it to a different table in your database. We need to do this so we can keep track of what you’ve deleted to make sure we don’t keep offering it to you as a recommendation.

All this Playground app does is allow you to review what’s in your deleted tracks table and if you choose to restore them it just puts them back into your main scrobble table.

One thing to be mindful of is that your playcount may not update immediately since it is cached. This will auto-correct within approximately 24 hours.

Please note that this tool cannot be used to restore a deleted or wiped profile as can be found in the account settings… where erase really means just that!

I think this is a useful tool and hopefully you will too, but please let us know why if you don’t!