After years of listening to your favourite tracks between commercial breaks, you’ve finally cracked and opted for a Spotify Premium subscription. The Swedish streaming music platform, which has more than 100 million paying subscribers worldwide and a catalogue of more than 40 million titles, benefits from an interface and features that have helped to enhance its reputation.
Frequently updated, Spotify offers many features, some of which may be overlooked, but when mastered they make the most of the service. Here’s everything you need to know to master Spotify like a pro.
If you find the break between each track played in Spotify a bit too violent, you can enable crossfading of tracks.
To do this, enter Spotify Preferences , scroll through all the options and click Show Advanced Settings.
Under the heading Play, chooseEnable crossfading of songs, and adjust the fade time by moving the slider.
Spotify’s search engine is much more powerful than it looks. But in order to realize this, you must first learn a few simple rules.
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First, when searching for specific content, enter your search in quotation marks. Spotify will then only show results that exactly match your search terms.
When searching for a specific song, it is possible to refine your search by adding different tags before the search terms. Use, for example,year: with a specific year or range of years (separated by a dash), genre: followed by the genre you are looking for, or label: if you know the label that produced a specific song.
It is also possible to refine your search by using operators between different keywords: AND (or +) to display results including all keywords, OR to display results including any of the keywords, and NOT (or –) to exclude a specific term from the results.
Note that all these search operators can be combined with each other. Spotify indicates search tags written in French (year, genre, record company). We have tested them and, at the time of writing, none of them are working. Only tags written in English allow you to filter searches.
Natively, Spotify sets the listening quality to Automatic. You can, however, force the application to offer you only the best listening quality.
From the desktop application, access the Preferences by opening the main menu next to your Account, then on the line Streaming quality, select Very high.
From the mobile application, go to the Home tab, and access Preferences by tapping the cogwheel icon.
Enter menu Sound Quality and set the quality level for streaming music (Upload), as well as for locally downloaded music (Download section).
If you’ve got used to listening to Spotify from your PC, for example at the office, you can take control of the playback without having to grab your mouse. To do so, you have to learn the following shortcuts (replace Ctrl by Cmd on macOS). Then all you have to do is use them in the Spotify interface.
Space: Play / Pause
Shuffle (e.g. from a playlist) : Ctrl + S
Piece Next / Previous: Ctrl+Right or Left Arrow
Increase/decrease volume: Ctrl+ Up or Down arrow
You can find the full list of Spotify keyboard shortcuts here.
All playlists created on Spotify are saved. Even if you accidentally delete one of them, it can be retrieved with a few clicks.
To do this, log in to your Spotify account page from your web browser.
In the left column, click Restore Playlists. A list of all playlists deleted from your account is displayed. Click Restore in front of each of the lists you want to recover from your account.
You listened to a song that caught your attention a few hours ago, but you don’t remember the artist or the title of the song? You can probably find it by going to your listening history.
To find it, from the desktop application interface, click on the Queuebutton in the bottom right corner.
Then go to History to see a list of songs you’ve listened to recently.
Some tracks from one of your underground rock bands aren’t listed in Spotify and you’d like to be able to listen to them without having to open another media player? Spotify can also play tracks that you store locally on your hard drive.
To do this, open Spotify’s Preferences and scroll down to the Local Filessection.
Enable the option Show local files and then select the default directories (Downloads and Music Library) if they contain moreaux, or click Add source to manually select a directory containing your songs.
You can then find all your local tracks by clicking Local files in your Spotify Library .
As well as listening to high-quality, commercial-free music, one of the benefits of having a Spotify Premium account is that you can download your favourite tracks locally to make sure you can play them even away from any internet connection.
However, if you use the function offline from a Mac or PC, the many songs stored on your hard drive can end up taking up too much space. However, it’s entirely possible to tell Spotify to store downloaded tracks in another location.
To do this, go to Preferences in the application, scroll down to the very bottom of the page and click Show Advanced Settings.
At line Offline Title Storage, click Change Location to select another media, partition or backup directory on your hard drive.
Creating playlists on Spotify and publishing them is good. Creating collaborative playlists to find your favorite songs, but also the favorite songs of your close friends is even better.
To set the mood for your next party, start with Create a playlist by clicking on the appropriate button, give it a name and description and click on Create.
Then right-click on your playlist or click directly on the option button of the playlist, and declare it as Playlist collaborative. Then you can invite your friends to subscribe to your playlist and add their favourite tracks.
The multiplication of playlists in the lateral column can quickly become unmanageable. To help you find your way around, it is possible to organize your playlists into folders. Right click on one of the playlists to Create afolder.
Then specify the name of the folder and drag and drop your playlists directly into the folder to group them together.
If you use the desktop player to play your music at home, you don’t have to stand in front of your PC to change tracks. Even when running on your computer, Spotify can be controlled remotely from your smartphone as long as both devices are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
Open Spotify on your smartphone and press Continue on the pop-up indicating that you are already listening to music on your PC. Then simply display the player on your mobile and turn it into a Spotify remote.
When you listen to a Spotify-suggested playlist, chances are you won’t like certain tracks. Fortunately, it is possible to customize the queue of upcoming tracks with just a few clicks.
At the bottom right of the Spotify window, click the Queue icon to display a list of upcoming tracks.
Then right-click on a song for Delete from queue. Repeat for all the songs you don’t want to hear.
Playing music on Spotify doesn’t necessarily require you to install the dedicated application on your PC. While savvy users may already know this, newcomers may not be aware that there’s an online player, as Spotify’s login interface isn’t very clear about this.
To listen to Spotify directly from your browser, go back to the home page once you’ve logged in, click on the Spotify logo to see the Open web playerbutton.
You can also enter https://open.spotify.com directly in the address bar of your browser to go directly to the player.
Note that if you’re using the web player from Google Chrome, it’s possible toinstall the Spotify Progressive Web App on your machine. To do this, open the Chrome main menu, and click on Install Spotify.
Validate the installation by clicking again on the button Install. Here’s a great way to install the Spotify player on your work machine when an administrator has locked everything down.
One of the benefits of Spotify is that you can follow your friends and see the tracks they’re listening to. Ideal for making new discoveries, this feature can be a nuisance in some cases, especially if you’re listening to songs you’re not very proud of.
Luckily, you can continue to listen to Johnny’s complete works in secret without your friends knowing. This requires you to log in to Spotify privately.
To do so, click on the drop-down menu next to your profile, and switch to Private listening session. Once activated, the feature should display a small blue padlock on your profile picture.
Looking for a way to share a track with someone close to you by starting the playback of the song on a specific passage? It’s entirely possible. To do this, right-click on the track, go to Share and click Copy SpotifyURL.
Paste the URL into your email, chat window or any other place where you want to share the song, and add at the end of the URL #X:XX where the X’s represent the passage in minutes and seconds where playback should start.
Example: spotify:track:1hY60LJWE6B9gHV1Oi9kE5#0:59 will start playing the song at the 59e second.
Note that this option only works with the Spotify URL which, once entered in the web browser address bar, will automatically start playback of the track in the application installed on the machine, not in the web player.