Creating a Spotify Playlist
The most basic task that you want to perform on Spotify is to create a playlist. However, creating playlists is different for premium and ad-supported users. Here you will find a step-by-step guide.
You could create playlists on mobile devices for a while, but a new AI-supported "supported playlist" uses machine learning for more customized playlists. When you create a new playlist, the Spotify app will now analyze the words entered as the name of the playlist to give you recommendations for the song. When you add songs to the playlist, the app changes the recommendations in real time to give you better tailored suggestions based on the titles you've already added.
Organizing Playlists in Folders
In addition to organizing songs in playlists, you can organize the playlists in playlist folder . To create a new playlist folder, go to the file menu and click on "New Playlist Folder" (duh). A new folder will be displayed in the left column. Give it a name and drag other playlists in and out of those collapsible folders. Note that clicking on the folder displays all the tracks of the sub-playlists. And if you want to get real anal, you can even add folders in folders.
Discover and save
Need new tunes? The functions Browse and Radio in the upper left corner are a good starting point. Every Monday, Spotify adds a new crop of 30 songs to your Discover Weekly playlist. Songs are selected by Spotify robots based on your listening habits. Find it under Browse or Playlists.
If you find something, you have to save it, because Discover Weekly is replaced by a new playlist every week. Right-click and scroll down to Add to Playlist. On song or artist pages, you can also click the "…" button to add them to a playlist.
Perhaps there is no feature that points to Spotify's push for personalization, but to Daily Mixes, which supports repeated playlists based on previous lists as well as songs that you have favored or added to playlists. You'll see them on the desktop and on mobile devices, usually grouped by genre. It's a good mix of music you already know and an integrated search engine to find new traffic jams. If you're a Spotify Free user, Daily Mix playlists have unlimited jumps on mobile devices.
Create Collaborative Playlists
Right-click any playlist on the left side of the screen, and a pop-up window displays the Collaborative Playlist option. Once you have chosen this, a small halo symbol will appear above the folder icon. Once a playlist has been designated as collaborative, anyone with access to that playlist can add or delete songs. If you find your friends are getting out of hand with their terrible music, turn this option off at any time.
Filter to find music Super Quick
While searching helps you browse the extensive Spotify library, you can quickly search any playlist using the Filter function. Just press Command-F on a Mac or Control-F on a PC, and a search window will open above your current playlist. Indicate what you are looking for – artist, track or album – and filter it in your current playlist.
Recover Deleted Playlists
Did you ever accidentally click Delete in one of your playlists, and in the pop-up window that asked if you really wanted to do that? You did? Well, fortunately for you, my indecisive friend, Spotify has your back and allows you to restore your deleted playlists.
When you log in to your profile page on the Spotify Web site, you'll find the "Recover Playlists" tab at the top of the page, reviving your deleted playlists in one click.
Stream via Browser
If you are using a computer that is not yours but you absolutely need to jam-out, you can access your Spotify account through your browser. Just sign into your account via play.spotify.com and you'll find your complete Spotify library with all your carefully selected playlists.
Find the Dirty Version
Spotify points out that it never censors music and "makes music available in whatever form we have". So if you ever find an album that is not quite as real as it should be, scroll down and look for a pull-down menu on the lower right that says "1 More release "or something similar. It's usually not clear, but that's usually where you find the "clean" and "explicit" versions of a particular album.
Unfortunately, this feature is not as comprehensive as it should be. It would be great if it provided quick access to all re-releases and special editions of a classic Spotify-based album. Unfortunately, that's not usually the case.
Remove the Nonsense Years
Throughout a career, a band or actor goes through different stages, and some are inevitably better than others. The good news is that Spotify search modifiers allow you to skip all meh years.
To avoid them, you can use the search modifier "year". So, if you search for Black Sabbath, you also add the search modifier "Year: 1970-1975" (no spaces). Then you can click on songs, albums or podcasts and videos with content released between 1970 and 1975.
Start a Private Session
Spotify allows private sessions that prevent anyone else from seeing what enjoyable music you are listening to. You can create a private session by clicking the top three dots> File> Private Session or your username at the top right> Private Session (see above).
Stream to another device
The Spotify app lets you stream music to supported devices on the same Wi-Fi network. These include nearby laptops, smart speakers and devices like Chromecast and Chromecast Audio, PlayStation (3 or 4) or any Airplay or Bluetooth enabled device.
Open the Spotify app, select a song, and then search for "Available devices" at the bottom of the song you're playing. In the window that opens, select the device you want to connect to. Some setups require a Spotify Premium account.
Spotify plays Nice with Echo and Home
Before you can send streams to third-party devices like Amazon Echo, you'll need to link them to your Spotify account. Amazon added Spotify integration in 2016, but is only available to Spotify Premium users. To set it up, connect your Spotify account to the Alexa app. Then use the natural language to tell your echo that it should play something in Spotify. You can also connect to a Google Home or Home Mini, but also for premium subscribers only.
Integration with Waze and Google Maps
Music and maps are the two apps that are used most in the car. Therefore, it should be a breeze that they play well together. And Spotify is now working with two of the most popular mapping apps: Waze and Google Maps.
Make sure the Waze apps are Spotify and Waze on your phone. In Waze, click the bottom of the search bar, tap the settings icon (), tap Spotify, and turn on Connect Spotify. Once you've set up the integration, you'll see a green Spotify logo in the upper-right corner of the Waze app. Tap to open a Spotify menu in Waze (when your car is fully stopped.)
In Maps, navigate to Settings> Navigation and select either Music Playback (iOS) controls or Media Play ads (Android). Select Spotify and accept the terms and conditions to connect to your account. If you then turn on turn-by-turn instructions, you can play Spotify music at the bottom of the screen.
Control the soundtrack in your Uber
When someone else drives you around, premium users can use the Uber Connect feature to control the soundtrack on a mobile device and turn a mobile device into an audio remote control. To try it out:
1) Connect Spotify and Uber via the Uber Profile screen
2) Request a ride in the Uber app. If you agree with a music-enabled Uber (not all cars have this feature), the music bar will appear at the bottom of the Uber app.
3) Tap the music bar and then you can change the soundtrack for the duration of the ride
Traffic jam in your car
You may already have Spotify installed in your car's entertainment system. If you drive a BMW, Cadillac, Jaguar or your car is equipped with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, a Spotify app can sit somewhere on your car's dashboard. Here is a full list of Spotify cars supported. If your car is not supported, you can easily connect your phone via Bluetooth.
Create Crossfades Between Songs
Want to add a nice crossfade transition between songs? You can do this by going to the Settings window (see "Spotify" menu on Mac; "Edit" menu on PC). Click "Show advanced settings" and scroll down to the "Playback" section. Activate the "Crossfade Tracks" button. Use the slider on the right to create crossfades between 1 and 12 seconds.
Embed songs into your blog
You can also embed Spotify titles directly into your web page. Unmount the embed code by right-clicking on a track, album, artist, or playlist. Select Share and click Copy Embed Code, which will paste the code directly into your clipboard. This menu also offers options for sharing social media titles and messaging services such as Facebook Messenger and Skype.
Share Instagram Stories
You've probably already seen how friends posted Spotify tracks directly into Instagram Stories, but did you know that there's now an integrated share feature? No screenshot required. When you play a song in the Spotify Mobile app, tap the three dots in the upper-right corner of the title page and scroll down to Share. From there, you'll see an Instagram Stories option alongside Facebook, WhatsApp, Messenger … and really the entire ecosystem of Facebook. Facebook and Spotify are tight.
See what everyone hears
How data? Click Browse (in the upper left corner)> Charts to find out who is listening to people around the world. For example, the "Top 50 by Country" option might tell you that Icelandic Spotify users can not get enough of Kanye West and Lil Pump's "I Love It" while listening to "Thunderclouds" from Sia, Diplo and Labrinth in Vietnam.
Tune In to Spotify Radio
Do not you know what you want to hear? Spotify also has a Pandora-like radio feature that you can find in the left column. As with Pandora, you can use Spotify Radio to swipe certain songs up or down. Conveniently, all thumbs-up titles are automatically added to a "Liked from Radio" playlist.
You may have noticed that Spotify continues playing titles he believes are similar at the end of the album or playlist. It's a great way to discover new music, but you can turn it off on your phone.
Real power users always know their keyboard shortcuts. Here's a short list for PC and Mac users:
- Play / Pause: Space
- Next track: Control-Right (Mac: Command-Right)
- Previous track: Control-Left (Mac: Command- Left)
- Volume up / down: Controlle-Up / -Down (Mac: Command-Up / -Down
- Create a new playlist: Control-N
Data Saver Mode
Data Saver Mode is a major new feature for mobile apps for data-aware streamers. The gear icon of the top settings in the app displays Data Saver mode in the Settings menu. You can turn the feature on or off. Data Saver stores data from recently played songs on your smartphone to help your phone stream less music, use less data. It's an opt-in feature, so you need to enable and enable it. Spotify said it can reduce data usage by up to 75 percent, but if you have an unlimited data plan, you can leave it off and save storage on the device.
In the redesigned Spotify app, you'll go through a new "taste bud" when selecting your favorite artists and genres. These settings serve as the basis for the optimized splash screen. Select five or more artists to help the app create a profile of your music settings.
Unlimited Mobile Skip Playlists
The primary mobile app feature for Spotify Free users is to know when a playlist can be skipped indefinitely. As you scroll through the Spotify app's home screen, the 15 playlists on this page are part of the biggest new features for free-level users: full song control and unlimited skipping.
The home screen contains your Daily Mixes, personalized playlist legs such as "Discover Weekly" and "Release Radar," and then a section of on-demand playlists compiled by Spotify based on your data and preferences. Spotify execs said that this could include popular playlists like RapCaviar, Viva Latino, Ultimate Indie, Alternative R & B or other "editorial" playlists that fit your preferences.
Within these 15 playlists, you can select individual songs and skip as many as you want. For normal browsing and custom playlists, Free users are still limited to shuffle games and six skips per hour. Seeing the little blue shuffle icon next to a playlist means that you're still limited to the traditional six skips per hour for the free users.
Xbox One Gaming Playlists
A recent Spotify partnership with Xbox means that Xbox now not only has a Spotify profile, where it releases soundtracks from games like PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds, but also Spotify in the background of a game on Xbox One, controlling the game Playback and more about the Spotify Connect integration.
Wake Up to Spotify with the Google Watch App
Android users can connect the Google Clock app to Spotify to create a custom wake track from the Spotify catalog. Once connected, the Watch app displays a Spotify tab with personalized song recommendations from your most recently played music, as well as curated Spotify morning playlists. Once you've turned off the alarm clock, you'll see an option to continue the app as you start your day.
Dive into settings
If you have never checked out your Spotify settings, you should. In the desktop app, click the drop-down menu next to your profile name and select Settings to bring up the menu. While scrolling, you have the option to normalize the volume (same volume for all songs), connect to other devices, turn your social sharing on and off, save downloaded music locally or in another source, and your display options, advertising and privacy preferences.