Spotify tips

Link your Account with Facebook

A Facebook linked account not only aids in the discovery great playlists and music but also aids you in sharing music in a much easier way — either as a status or a message. So do make sure to link your account to Facebook.

Make a Secret Playlist

Since Spotify functions under the principle of ‘listen and share’, so not everything is private — especially the playlists. Spotify Playlists are public by default. But thankfully, there’s a way to make them only yours. Open a Playlist and click on the three-dot menu and select ‘Make secret’. Ta-da, the playlist is yours only to see and listen.

Add Local Songs to Your Spotify Collection

Have a regional favorite which isn’t on Spotify, yet? Simple. Pull in the song from your personal collection. All you need to do is head over to Edit > Preferences and select Add a Source under Local Files. You can only add folders as local files and not individual songs. These uploaded songs will be seen under Local Files in the left panel.

Modify Search Results

Let’s admit it that it would be insane to browse through Spotify’s huge library of music. So we have the search functionality for it. Search for any song and chances are, it would be there. But then, if you want to search for a batch of songs from a particular period or an artist, you can just put in the appropriate modifiers and fire away. Currently, Spotify supports the following modifiers,

Enter a Private Session

It’s not new news that Spotify publishes the stories to your friends about the songs that you listened to. And it’s a great way of discovering new tracks and singers, however, there comes a certain time when you just want to listen to few embarrassing songs without the world knowing about it. All you have to do is click on the account dropdown and select private session. Now you can listen to all the pop mixes from the 90s a hundred times, without your friends giving you that judgemental look.

Beat Monday Morning Blues

A hassle free playlist suited to your music taste sounds too good to be true, right? Well, with Spotify this wish comes true every Monday through the Discover Weekly playlist. Every Monday, a curated list of 30 tracks presents itself to the users just in time to beat the dreaded Monday blues. And my inane love for instrumental tracks truly shows up in the weekly playlist every time.

Select the Location of Offline Songs

Spotify offline songs are stored inside the app data of the computer. Surely, that’s a place where people hardly stores songs. The good news is that this location can be changed in a jiffy. Head over to Settings > Advanced settings and toggle the switch for offline song storage. The app needs a restart for the changes to take effect.

Find Fresh Music

More often than not, Spotify Playlists are curated by the employees of the app and also individual users. And chances are that you’ll end up discovering fresh new artist and songs, thanks to Spotify’s unique algorithm of discovering new talents. So make sure that you tune into the weekly playlist. Did you know that millions of Spotify tracks haven’t been listened to yet? This website helps you discover them.

Collaborate on a Playlist

Well, we all have a friend who has a slightly different musical taste. And when you plan a long road trip with them, you end up imagining the onslaught of the ‘unique songs’. But you can’t rule them out totally. How about a common ground, where you create a playlist for the both of you. Thankfully, Spotify has this option where two or more users can collaborate on a playlist. After creating a playlist, right-click on it and select Collaborative Playlists. Once done, send the link over to your friends and enjoy a blissful road trip.

A Useful Web Interface

Along with the desktop app, Spotify has an amazing web interface which is just a mirror image of the desktop app. So once in a while, when you crave to listen to your mix of songs but can’t yet access your PC , just log in to the web version using your credentials. However, do make sure that the permission for the web player is enabled for your account in the advanced settings.