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10 hidden features in Spotify you need to know



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The recently updated Spotify Premium has a streamlined design with just three buttons at the bottom of the app to navigate its products. I do not miss the checked browsing and radio buttons (after explaining where their functionality went away) because I spent most of the time using Home, Search, and My Library buttons anyway. Even with the updated design, it's not a small task to navigate in a directory of more than 35 million songs. Get more out of Spotify and find what you're looking for faster with these tips.

Where radio went to

The radio function now hides behind the triple button on an artist or album page or next to a song in search results. Just press the button at the top right of an artist or page or to the right of a song in the search results, then press Go to radio . Additionally, you will find new artist audio lists when you search for an artist. On the search results page of an artist, scroll down to the section with of playlists and you will find a tagged as the artist's Radio . These artist radio picks are adapted to your listening habits and can be downloaded for offline use. (All browser options previously under the Browse button are now stashed in Search.)

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Use Your Voice

You can talk to the mobile app and ask it to play a song, artist, album, playlist, genre or just something you might want. Long press the Search button and ask Spotify to play some music. It's the fastest way to get to your music.

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Screw Track on IOS Lock Screen and Control Center

This is only iOS. Spotify offers song scrambling from the IOS lock screen and Control Center. Now, if you want to jump to another location in the song being played, you do not need to open the app but can use the slider at the top of the lock screen or Control Center to scan a song.

View album or artist information

If you like what you hear and want to hear more from that artist, there's a quick way to jump to more songs from that artist without having to search. From the Now panel, play the triple button along the right edge of the album, scroll down and tap Show album or Show artist . The former is good if you're stumbling over a good song in a playlist and want to check out the album on which that song is displayed. The latter is great when you discover new songs from artists you do not know and want to find out more about the new or new artists and see the other music they've released.

Save Your Discover Weekly Playlists [19659019] Discovering the Weekly Playlist may be my favorite thing about Spotify. Every Monday, Spotify delivers 30 songs that I like maybe I like, but every Monday is my previous Discover Weekly playlist a poff! Fortunately, there is an IFTTT applet that automatically saves your Discover Weekly playlists each week. Set up the applet and it creates a Discover Weekly Archive playlist and save your 30 Discover Weekly songs to it every week.

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Save your Shazams to a playlist

Shazam was the first app that blew my mind on my first iPhone ($ 1,157 on the Amazon Marketplace) . I'm still surprised by that. Also amazing? If you connect the Shazam app to Spotify, each of your Shazams is saved to a new playlist in Spotify called My Shazam Tracks. You can also do the same for SoundHound.

SoundHound Solution for Missing Texts

Spotify displays lyrics but only for selected songs. Point now play bar at the bottom of the app to expand it and you can see a behind the text interface that shows that the lyrics in the current song play along with other song and band information. If you do not get the lyrics for a song, you can use SoundCloud to fill in the slots. Install the SoundHound app and link it to your Spotify account. When you encounter a song you want to see the lyrics, just jump to the SoundHound app, press listen and SoundHound will recognize the song and start showing the text. You can even press the preview of texts to open a larger text panel that will mark each line as it sounds for a karaoke-like experience.

Start a private session for guilty pleasures

Sometimes I need to hear some Whitney Houston. I'm not ashamed to say this, because Whitney's voice can prove that there is a higher power, and I say this as an atheist. Whitney is not a guilty pleasure, but as Spotify always monitors my listening habits for my Discover Weekly playlist, I worry that my love for Whitney can lead Spotify to think I might want to hear from Mariah Carey, Celine Dion and the like. I do not want to hear from these two artists or the like, let alone hear from them on everything that approaches each week. So when I need to get my Whitney fix, I turn on Spotify's private mode to keep Whitney wannabes out of my Discover Weekly playlist. Go to Your library press the gear settings icon press Social and then select Private Session . It will turn off automatically and comfortably after six hours of inactivity if you forget to go back and turn it off. Private session is also good when shopping your phone and controls the upcoming music choices for your children.

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Reset deleted playlists

To restore a deleted playlist, you must turn to Spotify's web client. Log in to your account and then click Resume playlists from the left panel. Find the playlist you want to take back and click Reset .

Create order with playlist folders

Have you reached a point where you have an unmountable number of playlists? Include any order for them with playlist folders. From the desktop application, go to File> New Playlist Folder and then give it a name. You can then drag playlists into it using the desktop. You can not create playlist folders or drag playlists in them with Spotify's mobile app, so you have to do all your playlist that organizes on your desktop. However, the playlist folders you create appear in the mobile app.

Bonus tip (it's more a complaint): No "Play Next" button

You should know that when you press add Queue to a song, add it to the end of your queue With Apple Music, however, it's a Play Next option to play a song and a later option that adds it to the end of the queue. With Spotify, you can only add songs to the end of your queue and then manually drag a track to the top to play it next. Spotify, why can not I have separate Add next and add to queue buttons?

Originally published July 13, 2017.
Update, November 6, 2018: Added information about the latest version of Spotify premium.


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