Best Spo­tify tips and tricks

Spo­tify has a lot to of­fer, but some­times it can be hard to know where to look to find its more ad­vanced fea­tures. Mar­tyn Casserly has put to­gether a list of tips to help you delve deeper into the mu­sic

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Spo­tify is a great way to lis­ten to pretty much any mu­sic for a monthly fee. There are of course plenty of ri­vals with sim­i­lar fea­tures, but Spo­tify has be­come the one by which oth­ers are now mea­sured. Here we show you how to get the best out of your mu­si­cal ex­pe­ri­ence with the best Spo­tify tips and tricks.

Im­port your iTunes Playlists

There are a lot of iPods, iPads and iPhones in the world, so there’s a good chance that you will have used iTunes in the past. If you’ve cre­ated Playlists for all your favourite moods and mo­ments, then it would be la­bo­ri­ous to have to em­u­late this on Spo­tify. Thank­fully, it’s easy to im­port your cre­ations.

First, open iTunes and se­lect Pref­er­ences > Ad­vanced, then tick the box marked Share iTunes Li­brary XML with other ap­pli­ca­tions. Next, go to Spo­tify and click File > Im­port Playlists > iTunes.

Link your Face­book ac­count

Spo­tify has some great so­cial fea­tures that let you share your playlists with friends, as well as see what they’re lis­ten­ing to. The sim­plest way to do this is through link­ing your Face­book ac­count. Click on the View op­tion at the top of the screen, then en­sure that Friend Feed is en­abled.

You’ll see a col­umn on the right side of the screen with a Find Friends but­ton at the top. Click this, en­ter your Face­book de­tails, se­lect which friends you want to con­nect with, and you’ll be au­dio-stalk­ing them in no time.

Get a lit­tle pri­vacy

While it’s great be­ing so­cial, some­times you’ll want to be alone. Say you fancy re­lax­ing with the sub­dued tones of John Den­ver, but don’t want your friends to know that you dab­ble in easy lis­ten­ing when you should be lis­ten­ing to the lat­est hip in­die tracks. To take a break from these overly judge­men­tal com­rades, click on your ac­count name in the top-right corner of the desk­top, then se­lect Pri­vate Ses­sion from the drop-down menu.

When your guilty plea­sure is over you can re­v­erse the process or close down Spo­tify, as it will de­fault to the public set­tings when you re­launch the app.

Move to a fam­ily plan

While it’s pos­si­ble to share your ac­count with other mem­bers of the fam­ily, there

are a few draw­backs. First, it’s naughty. Se­condly, all your playlists are shared, so it’s easy for your lit­tle dar­lings to ac­ci­den­tally stum­ble upon your Deathcult Metal Great­est Hits col­lec­tion. Thirdly, if some­one else is lis­ten­ing to mu­sic, then you’ll have to wait un­til they’ve fin­ished be­fore you can be­gin.

The an­swer to all these prob­lems is the new Fam­ily Plan that launched in May of this year. For £14.99 per month you’ll have six premium ac­counts, with all the nor­mal fea­tures in­cluded, so long as all the mem­bers live in your house.

Col­lab­o­rate on playlists

Playlists are tra­di­tion­ally a solo af­fair, but on Spo­tify you can work to­gether with other mem­bers to cre­ate col­lab­o­ra­tive ef­forts. This is use­ful if you’re plan­ning a party and want to share the load of se­lect­ing the per­fect songs. All you have to do is cre­ate a nor­mal playlist, then right-click on it. The menu that ap­pears will in­clude a Col­lab­o­ra­tive Playlist op­tion. Click this and a lit­tle cir­cle will ap­pear on the name of the playlist. Right-click it, se­lect Copy Playlist Link, then send this to friends who have Spo­tify ac­counts and they’ll be able to ac­cess the list.

Videogame sound­track por­tal

PC and con­sole games of­ten in­clude fan­tas­tic mu­sic that ri­vals movie sound­tracks for their beauty and com­plex­ity. Any­one who has ever lis­tened to the el­e­gant and wist­ful Jour­ney sound­track or the spa­cious and lament­ing Last of Us al­bum will tell you just how pow­er­ful these com­po­si­tions can be.

Spo­tify has re­cently in­tro­duced an ex­per­i­men­tal por­tal that brings all of these to­gether, one that will even­tu­ally find it’s way into the main in­ter­face and apps. For now though tinyurl.com/zL8bpj5 to ex­plore the best of the genre.

Get moody

Mood playlists, as the name sug­gests, gather to­gether mu­sic to match what­ever it is you’re do­ing. Let’s say you’re writ­ing a help­ful guide to a pop­u­lar mu­sic-stream­ing ser­vice, but the cof­fee shop you’re sit­ting in is loud and dis­tract­ing. Click­ing on Browse, se­lect­ing Gen­res and Moods, and then click­ing Fo­cus, opens up sev­eral col­lec­tions that range from Peace­ful Pi­ano to White Noise. If you choose Mood from the Gen­res and Moods op­tion you’ll also have ac­cess to, among oth­ers, the Stress Buster, Con­fi­dence Boost, Life Sucks and PMS playlists.

Cre­ate in­stant playlists with Song Ra­dio

If you’re in the mood for a cer­tain song and want to hear ones of a sim­i­lar ilk, you can cre­ate an in­stant playlist by us­ing Spo­tify’s Ra­dio fea­ture. To do this, click or tap the three dots to the right side of the song ti­tle, then se­lect Go To Song Ra­dio from the list.

Spo­tify will then col­late a list of songs that match the tone and genre of the one you were lis­ten­ing to. It can re­ject ones you don’t like, and in the long run this will help the ser­vice to tai­lor its re­sults to your par­tic­u­lar taste.

Dis­cover new mu­sic each week

One of the great ad­van­tages of hav­ing an eat-all-you-want-buf­fet of mu­sic is the chance to find new bands and al­bums. With this in mind Spo­tify has cre­ated the Dis­cover Weekly playlist. Each Mon­day a new col­lec­tion ar­rives in the Over­view sec­tion of the app, fea­tur­ing mu­sic based upon your lis­ten­ing habits. It’s a great way to ex­plore the sonic land­scape, but it should be noted that if you let your younger daugh­ters use your ac­count you’ll see far more Dis­ney Princesses and Pen­ta­tonix in the list than is eas­ily ex­plain­able. Hon­est.

Spo­tify has re­cently in­tro­duced an ex­per­i­men­tal por­tal that brings all of these to­gether, one that will even­tu­ally find it’s way into the main in­ter­face and apps

Im­port your iTunes playlists

Get a lit­tle pri­vacy

Col­lab­o­rate on playlists

Cre­ate a playlist with Song Ra­dio

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