The Best Tricks and Add-Ons on Spotify

The best tricks and add-ons on Spotify

 

Everyone who subscribes for those premium Spotify accounts will definitely want value for their $10 monthly fee. With these tips, you should be able to get value for your money. From how to save data, to saving your playlist, there’s just so much you can use Spotify for. 

1. Keep your playlist updated

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We live in a world where algorithms are used to make decisions, from Facebook news stories, to recommendations for Netflix, you’ll find algorithms everywhere. If you’re finding it difficult to fill out your playlist, the app can fill it up for you, by looking at your recent music history.

If you’re struggling to create a new playlist, all you need to do is to scroll through the list for more suggestions. The tracks are listed according to the content of the playlist, so you can either click on the play icon for a preview or click the Add button in other to include it.

2. Make the most of your music quality

Are you aware that you can actually control the type of music you download and stream on Spotify, both on the desktop and mobile clients? Such options make it possible for you to find a balance between the type of tunes you want and quantity of data required by Spotify.

Use the drop-down menu located at the upper-right corner to open settings pane in desktop client, then search for the type of music you like. Use Your Library page to open settings on mobile, then click on Music Quality. iOS has an additional Streaming Quality menu.

3. Put your Discover Weekly playlist on archive

The Discover Weekly playlist appears automatically on your account every week. This is a great way to find new music. However, the song mix is always replaced by a fresh selection on Mondays.

You can archive the playlist through desktop to prevent this from happening and this can be done for all the playlists you’re subscribed to. All you have to do is, select the complete playlist (Ctrl+A or Cmd+A), right click, click on Add to Playlist, then create your own playlist for safe-keeping.

4. Monitor what you share with other users

In as much as you want to share your music with family and friends, there are times when you might not want others to monitor your choice of music. You can check Spotify’s mobile app and desktop settings for the Private Session option.

Open the settings screen either on your computer or phone for further granular controls. You can also disable or enable sharing both on Facebook as well as Spotify (if you don’t want your friends to see what you’re listening to).

5. Preview music through your iPhone

This trick is however, only available for iPhones. If you want to preview music while maintaining your position on the queue, just click and hold the track, album or playlist to enjoy a little snippet.

The preview stops immediately you lift up your finger, and the music you were listening to, comes back on. This skill is perfect for when you want to get a song for your playlist, but are not ready to stop what is currently playing.

6. Bring in playlists from other places

You don’t need to lose your old playlists when you acquire a new Spotify account. There’s a program known as Soundiiz that can help you carry out the heavy lifting behind the scenes. This app supports different music services like Spotify, Deezer, Tidal, Google Play Music and lots more.

All you have to do is log in the relevant details using Soundiiz to move your playlist from one service to another. Though not all the songs might be available, but most times, you’ll transfer everything successfully. You can also import your playlists with a program called Stamp, which also works well on smartphones.

7. Improve your sorting and setting

Though Spotify’s sorting and searching features are quite intuitive, however, if you’re able to dig a little deeper, you’ll definitely see things to explore. For instance, you can decide to restrict your search results to a certain period in time. Just add the time frame you want (e.g. year 1999-2010) to the search and the result will be restricted to the years in question. You can always alter the years to suit your favorite era.

Genre is another search category that can be used to exclude certain results.

When going through your individual playlists, you can click on the column headers or press Ctrl+F (Cmd+F on macOS) when you’re looking for certain songs.

8. Use your browser to access Spotify

Though Spotify’s sorting and searching features are quite intuitive, however, if you’re able to dig a little deeper, you’ll definitely see things to explore. For instance, you can decide to restrict your search results to a certain period in time. Just add the time frame you want (e.g. year 1999-2010) to the search and the result will be restricted to the years in question. You can always alter the years to suit your favorite era.

Genre is another search category that can be used to exclude certain results.

When going through your individual playlists, you can click on the column headers or press Ctrl+F (Cmd+F on macOS) when you’re looking for certain songs.

9. Use Last.fm to track your listening

Last.fm is one of those services mentioned in Spotify. Last.fm is actually a music discovery and tracking service – you can create an account, then connect it to your Spotify and you’ll receive a record of every track you listen to on the devices used by you.

Though Spotify provides this service, Last.fm however, works with multiple platforms, which makes it easier for it to track your habits on all the apps and services in addition to Spotify. Its recommendation engine is one of the finest in this business, and it happens to be free.

10. Enjoy Endless Artist Playlist

Spotify recently introduced a brand new premium feature known as Endless Artist Radio in a blog post. All the radio “stations” serve as a personalized playlist matching each listener’s taste of music to the style of a particular artist. And it can continue to run for however long you desire.

If you want to test this option, all you need to do is, search for a certain artist, select the result that has their name, then click “Radio”. You can download the playlist and listen offline if you enjoyed it.

11. Use Google Maps to play Spotify

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Most people use their phones to navigate and play music when in the car. However, instead of having to switch between Spotify and Google Maps, there’s an update that allows you to control both of them through one interface.

The first step is to download the two apps on your phone. Next, you launch Google Maps, then go to your settings (click on the main menu, then tag cog), then hit Navigation. Next, click on either Music playback controls for iOS devices or Show media playback controls for Android devices. Then click on Spotify to connect the music account.

You’ll be able to access the controls for your music player within the navigation pane for Google Maps, as soon as you accept their terms and conditions – just click on the Spotify icon. The streaming app can also be opened from here, then tap to return to navigation view.