Spotify had a great year: it hit more than 80 million paid subscribers, launched a significantly improved new free plan and even an IPO. If you have been a premium subscriber for a while, you may not have noticed many of the other small changes and features that have been added. The following is new.
Better Recommendations and Personalized Playlists
At How-To-Geek, we're big fans of the Spotify referral engine and the playlists it generates. It's not always going to throw the ball out of the park, but it's generally pretty good to find cool songs that you like, or songs you love that you have not heard in a while. And the more you listen, the better it gets.
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Spotify has begun to seek referrals in other areas of the app such as search and artist radio. In the foreseeable future, personalized referrals will also appear in Spotify's theme playlists.
Overall, the recommendation algorithm is constantly improving. So, if you have not checked out Discover Weekly or your Daily Mixes for some time, now is the time.
Increased Download Limit
Spotify limits the number of songs you could save for offline listening to 3,333 on three different devices. They have now increased to 10,000 titles per device on five devices. This is a great change for serious playlist downloaders like me.
Unfortunately, your library of stored titles is still limited to 10,000 titles, but hopefully Spotify will soon lift this – totally arbitrary – limit.
Integrations with Google Maps and Waze
Everyone likes to hear a bit of driving music, and now Spotify's integration with Google Maps and Waze (a Google-owned Google Maps service) is easier than ever.
To enable Google Maps go to Settings> Navigation> Music playback controls and select the Spotify option.
For Waze, open the Spotify app, go to Settings> Social, and turn on Waze Navigation.
A New Focus on Podcasts
Last year, Spotify began promoting non-musical audio such as podcasts and even motion-comics. The Full Podcast Slates of BBC and NPR are now available. Vice also debated her podcast on the leader of the Sinaloa cartel, Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán, on duty.
From the tone of Spotify press releases, podcasts and the like are seen as an important growth area, so expect more. But hey, at least podcasts are awesome and listening to all your audio in a single app does not sound like a terrible experience.
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Instagram stories are still conquering the world – my Snapchat is now just a depressing wasteland – and a new feature, Adding them is the ability to share Spotify tracks directly into your Instagram stories. Friends can see what you're listening to and play it yourself.
If you want to share a song with your Instagram story, select it in Spotify and go to Share> Instagram Stories. Post it as usual and your friends can open it directly when they see it.
A Way To See Song Credits
A lot of people work on the music Listen, and Spotify does not have the best story to acknowledge them all – especially songwriters. To create peace, Spotify has launched a Secret Genius program to honor songwriters, and it has been possible to show the advanced credits for tracks in Spotify.
Select the song in Spotify and then go to "Song Credits" to display it. [19659007
Spotify has been such a great service for so long that it's easy to overlook new features. Personally, I dig the podcast integration.