After years of listening to your favorite tracks between a few ad breaks, you finally fell for and opted for a Spotify Premium subscription. The Swedish music streaming platform, which has more than 100 million paying subscribers worldwide and whose catalog is rich with more than 40 million titles, benefits from an interface and functionalities which have helped to improve its reputation.
Frequently updated, Spotify offers many features, sometimes unknown, which when mastered, allow you to make the most of the service. Here's everything you need to know to master Spotify like a pro.
1. Activate the crossfade
If you find the cut between each song played in Spotify a little too violent, you can activate the playback of the tracks in fade out.
To do this, enter the preferences from Spotify, scroll through all options and click Show advanced settings.
Under title Reading, choose dEnable crossfade of songs, and adjust the fade duration by moving the slider.
2. Master the search engine
Spotify's search engine is far more powerful than it seems. But to realize this, you must first learn some fairly simple rules.
The first, when searching for specific content, enter your search in quotes. Spotify will then only display the results corresponding exactly to the 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: by mentioning a specific year or a range of years (separated by a dash), kind: followed by the genre sought, 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 the results including all the keywords, GOLD to display results including one or other of the keywords, and NOT (or –) to exclude a specific term from the results.
Note that all of these search operators can be combined with each other. On its support in French, Spotify indicates search tags written in French (anne, genre, house of diques). We tested them and, as of this writing, none of them work. Only the tags written in English are used to filter the searches.
3. Enjoy the best listening quality
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 deploying the main menu attached to your Accountthen the line Streaming quality, select Very high.
From the mobile application, go to the Home tab, and access the preferences by pressing the icon depicting a toothed wheel.
Enter the menu Sound quality and set the quality level for streaming music (Loading), as well as for locally downloaded music (Download section).
4. Control Spotify on the keyboard
If you have become accustomed to listening to Spotify from your PC, at the office for example, it is possible to take control of the reading without having to grab your mouse. To do this, learn the following shortcuts (replace Ctrl with Cmd on macOS). Then, you will just have to use them in the Spotify interface.
Space : Play / Pause
Random reading (from a playlist for example): Ctrl + S
Next / Previous Song : Ctrl + right or left arrow
Increase / decrease volume : Ctrl + Up or Down arrow
You will find the complete list of Spotify keyboard shortcuts by clicking on this link.
5. Recover your deleted playlists
All playlists created on Spotify are saved. Even if you happen to delete one by mistake, it is possible to recover it in a few clicks.
To do this, log into your Spotify account page from your web browser.
In the left column, click on Restore playlists. The list of all playlists deleted from your account is displayed. Click on Restore opposite each of the lists you wish to collect from your account.
6. Find a piece thanks to your history
Did you listen to a song that caught your attention a few hours ago, but you no longer 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 button to access the Waiting line, bottom right.
Then go to Historical to see the list of songs you have listened to recently.
7. Listen to the songs stored on your hard drive in Spotify
Some of the songs from one of your slightly underground rock bands are not listed in Spotify and you would like to be able to listen to them without having to open another multimedia player? Spotify also knows how to play the songs you store locally on your hard drive.
To do this, open the preferences Spotify and scroll down to the section dedicated to Local files.
Activate the option Show local files then select the default directories (Downloads and Music Library) if they contain songs, or click Add a source to manually select a directory containing your songs.
You will then find all your local titles by clicking on Local files of your library Spotify.
8. Change the save location of the downloaded songs
In addition to listening to music in high quality without advertising, one of the advantages of having a Spotify Premium account is that you can download your favorite songs locally to make sure you can play them even away from any internet connection. offline function from a Mac or PC, the many songs stored on your hard drive can end up taking up too much space. Never mind, it's entirely possible to tell Spotify to store the downloaded titles elsewhere.
To do this, go to preferences of the application, scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on Show advanced settings.
line Offline title storage, click on Change location to select another medium, another partition or another backup directory on your hard disk.
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9. Create collaborative playlists
Creating playlists on Spotify and publishing them is great. Creating collaborative playlists to find your favorite songs, but also the favorite titles of your close friends, is even better.
To ensure the sound ambiance of your next evening, start with Create a playlist by clicking on the appropriate button, give it a name and a 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 Collaborative playlist. Then you just have to invite your friends to subscribe to your playlist and add their favorite tracks.
10. Store your playlists in folders
The multiplication of playlists in the side column can quickly become unmanageable. To help you find your way around, it is possible to organize your playlists within folders. Right click on one of the playlists to Create a folder.
Then indicate the name of the folder and drag and drop your playlists directly into the folder to group them.
11. Control the PC player from your smartphone
If you use the desktop player to stream your music at home, you don't have to put yourself in front of your PC to change songs. Even running on your computer, Spotify can be controlled remotely, from your smartphone provided that the two devices are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
Open Spotify on your smartphone and tap Continue on the pop-up indicating that you are already listening to music on your PC. You will then only have to display the player on your mobile to transform it into a Spotify remote control.
12. Customize your queue
When listening to a playlist suggested by Spotify, chances are you won't like certain songs. Fortunately, it is possible to customize the queue of songs coming with a few clicks.
At the bottom right of the Spotify window, click on the icon Waiting line to view the list of upcoming titles.
Then right click on a song to Remove from queue. Repeat for all the songs you don't want to hear.
13. Listen to Spotify from your browser
Listening to music on Spotify does not necessarily require you to install the dedicated application on your PC. If experienced users probably already know, newcomers may not know that there is an online player, the connection interface of Spotify is not very clear on this subject.
To listen to Spotify directly from your browser, return to the home page once connected, by clicking on the Spotify logo to see the button appear. Open web player.
You can also enter https://open.spotify.com directly in the address bar of your browser to access the player directly.
Note that if you use the web player from Google Chrome, it is possible toinstall Spotify's Progressive Web App on your machine. For that, deploy the main menu of Chrome, and click on the mention Install Spotify.
Validate the installation by clicking on the button again Install. Here is a great way to install the Spotify player on your work machine when an administrator has locked everything.
14. Listen to your music in private session
One of the advantages of Spotify is that you can follow your friends and see the titles they cost. Ideal for making new discoveries, this function can in some cases be annoying, especially if you are listening to titles that you are not very proud of.
Fortunately, you can continue to listen to Johnny's entire secret without your friends knowing. This requires opening a private session of Spotify.
To do this, click on the drop down menu next to your profile, and go to Private listening session. Once active, the function should display a small blue padlock on your profile photo.
15. Share a link to play a song on a specific passage
Are you looking for a way to share a title with a loved one by starting to play the song on a specific passage? It is entirely possible. To do this, right click on the song, go to Share and click Copy Spotify URL.
Paste the URL in your email, chat window or any other place where you want to share the song, and add the end of the URL #X: XX where the X represent the passage in minutes and seconds where the reading should start.
example: spotify: track: 1hY60LJWE6B9gHV1Oi9kE5# 0: 59 will start playing the song in the 59th second.
Note that this option only works with the Spotify URL which, once entered in the address bar of the web browser, will automatically start playing the song in the application installed on the machine, and not in the web player.