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6 Tips and Tricks to Becoming a Better Spotify Listener

August 10, 2017 Tech By
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Spotify is undoubtedly one of the most popular music streaming services, with over 60 million paying (via Spotify Premium) subscribers and over 140 million total users. That said, you might not be taking advantage of all of its best features because you simply don’t know about them. That’s about to change.

Save a Song

While listening to a song you can click the plus icon (+) on the bottom left of the Now Playing screen. This adds the song to your music library (your personal collection of music). Saving a song will not download it or add it to any playlists, it simply adds it to your library. To access a saved song, go to your library (the main Spotify screen) and tap Songs. You can save albums this way too.

Download a Song

Downloading songs, playlists and podcasts are a great way to listen to Spotify when you don’t have cell service or a wi-fi connection. It’s probably the smart move if you know you’ll be listening to the same stuff or if you’re conscious of your data usage. (Just make sure you’re connected to wi-fi when you’re downloading.) You can’t download individual songs, unfortunately, but you can add them to playlists or download the entire album that that song is on. Just click the Download button at the top of the playlist or album. You can download individual podcasts by clicking the “…” icon and then Download.

Keep Pace with Running Playlists

If you listen to music while you run and want to keep a certain pace, Spotify creates specific playlists for just that. Tap Browse in the main menu and under Genres & Moods you will find the Running playlists. While listening to these playlists, Spotify will track your steps per minute and then match the music’s BPM to that pace. If the app doesn’t quite get the pace exact, you can use arrows to raise or lower the tempo to match your speed.

Use Playlists Like Google Docs

Spotify has a great feature called Collaborative Playlists, which works just like it sounds. You can take any playlist, click on the three dots, and click “collaborative playlist.” This turns on the feature so that anybody following the playlist, or anyone you share the link with can edit it. This is a great way to make a playlist for a party or road trip. Also, if you and a friend are always sharing music, making a collaborative playlist called To Listen or New Songs and adding new tracks to it will be easier than sending song links back and forth.

Miss That Song? Look Through Your Play History

Spotify’s radio stations and playlists are a great way to discover new music, but sometimes you miss the name of the song or artist. One way to track down that song you were jamming out to is by going into Spotify’s history tab. Simply click on the play queue in the desktop app, and the second tab at the top is labeled ‘History.’ Unfortunately, this isn’t a feature in Spotify’s mobile app yet, but the idea has been suggested to Spotify online and hopefully we’ll see the functionality soon.

Listen in High(er) Quality

If you’re a Spotify Premium subscriber, you can adjust the quality of the music you’re listening to. You also set the quality so that it differs between your devices. On the desktop app, click the drop-down arrow next to your account name, then go to Settings, and you can adjust the music quality to support high-quality streaming. In the mobile app, tap the gear in the top right of the app to get into Settings, then tap Music Quality. You can adjust the streaming quality of the audio files from normal (96 Kbit/s), high (160 Kbit/s), or extreme (320 Kbit/s). You can change the quality at which downloaded music is saved, too. All these quality adjustments will directly impact how many songs you can store on your device — a higher bitrate means each song will take up more space.

If you have further questions on using Spotify, you can learn more here.


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