STREAM ALL YOUR MU­SIC

Get­ting more from your mu­sic

HWM (Singapore) - - FRONT PAGE - by Hafeez Sim

Mu­sic stream­ing ser­vices have changed how peo­ple lis­ten to mu­sic. With the ad­vent of high-speed 3G and 4G LTE mo­bile data net­works, more peo­ple are adopt­ing mu­sic stream­ing ser­vices. One of the largest and most pop­u­lar ser­vices around, Spo­tify is quite straight­for­ward to use. But here are some tips and tweaks to bet­ter en­joy Spo­tify.

IM­PORT YOUR OWN MU­SIC

Spot­fiy does have a large li­brary of mu­sic, but if you can’t find what you’re look­ing for, you can al­ways im­port your own mu­sic so it can be added to your Spo­tify playlists. Go to Edit > Pref­er­ences, find the Lo­cal Files sec­tion, click on Add Source and navigate to the folder where your mu­sic is stored. All the files that you have im­ported can be eas­ily found un­der “Lo­cal Files” in the left pane of the Spo­tify ap­pli­ca­tion.

TOP LISTS ON DESK­TOP AP­PLI­CA­TION

Look­ing to explore what’s pop­u­lar on Spo­tify right now? On the left side­bar of the Spo­tify desk­top ap­pli­ca­tion there’s a fea­ture called Top Lists. What you get here are top lists based on artists, al­bums or tracks. You can fur­ther re­fine the lists based on lo­ca­tion.

OR­GA­NIZE THE MESS WITH FOLD­ERS

With so many songs and the abil­ity to cre­ate playlists, you will prob­a­bly end up with more playlists than you can han­dle. For­tu­nately Spo­tify lets you cre­ate fold­ers to or­ga­nize your playlists. You can even cre­ate sub­fold­ers in an ex­ist­ing folder. Go to File and click the New Playlist Folder to get started.

SHARE/HIDE YOUR MU­SI­CAL TASTES

You may not know this, but when friends and other users click on your pub­lic Spo­tify pro­file, they can view your fol­low­ers, who you’re fol­low­ing and the artists you have been lis­ten­ing to. You can also share what you’re lis­ten­ing to with your friends on Face­book. But if you’re em­bar­rassed to let your friends know you lis­ten to Justin Bieber, then you can choose the Pri­vate Ses­sion op­tion when you click on your pro­file (as seen below). This op­tion is how­ever tem­po­rary and if you re­ally don’t feel like shar­ing your mu­sic tastes at all, go to Edit > Pref­er­ences and uncheck the op­tions in the Pri­vacy sec­tion of Ac­tiv­ity Shar­ing.

SPREAD THE LOVE

Shar­ing what you’re lis­ten­ing to is as sim­ple as drag­ging or copy-past­ing the songs from your Spo­tify app into your in­stant mes­sages or emails. This will cre­ate a sim­ple link for your friends so they can also en­joy what you have been lis­ten­ing to.

VISIT THE SPO­TIFY APPS LI­BRARY

Spo­tify also has its own app li­brary. Just click on the App Fin­der op­tion in the left pane. These Spo­tify apps help you to get more out of Spo­tify, like find lyrics or dis­cover new mu­sic. One of the more no­table apps is TuneWiki, which pro­vides the lyrics to the song you’re cur­rently lis­ten­ing to, and it will be synced to where the song is cur­rently play­ing so you can even sing along. Another fa­vorite app of ours is Dig­ster, which pro­vides playlists based on sce­nar­ios or sit­u­a­tions such as a playlist con­tain­ing the best elec­tronic mu­sic of 2012 or a playlist for Ir­ish rock songs.

WORK TO­GETHER ON PLAYLISTS

Not only can you share your mu­sic pref­er­ences on Spo­tify, but you can also work with your friends to cre­ate a playlist for your next road trip to­gether. Just right-click on a playlist and se­lect Col­lab­o­ra­tive Playlist and then share the link with a friend to start your part­ner­ship.

POWER UP YOUR SEARCH

You may think that Spo­tify’s search bar is lim­ited to just search­ing for key­words, but you can do more with it if you know what to do. If you’re look­ing for a par­tic­u­lar genre of mu­sic just type the op­er­a­tor genre: fol­lowed by the genre. For ex­am­ple, maybe you’re a death metal fan, so typ­ing genre: death metal will bring up all the as­so­ci­ated bands and mu­sic.

You can also use other op­er­a­tors like track, artist, or if you’re look­ing for mu­sic re­leased dur­ing a par­tic­u­lar year or date range by an artist, you can type artist year:year. A search for Kill­switch En­gage year:2013 will bring up the mu­sic re­leased by the band, Kill­switch En­gage, dur­ing the year 2013.

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