Spotify has had a big year: they beat more than 80 million paid subscribers, launched a much improved new free plan, and even IPO ed. If you have been a Premium subscriber for a while, you may not have noticed many of the other minor changes and features that have been added. Here's what's new.
Better Recommendations and Personal Playlists
At How-To Geek we are huge fans of Spotify's Recommendation Engine and Playlists that it generates. While it will not always hit the ball out of the park, it's generally quite good to sore cool songs you like or songs you love but have not heard for a while.
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Spotify has started working with recommendations in other areas of the app such as search and artist radio. You will also begin to see personal recommendations in Spotify's theme shortcuts soon.
In summary, the recommendation algorithm continues, so if you have not checked Discover Weekly or your Daily Mixes in a while it may be time.
An Increased Download Limit
Spotify is used to attract the number of songs you can save for offline listening to 3,333 on three different devices. They have now raised it to 10,000 tracks per unit of five units. It's a great change for heavy playlists like me.
Unfortunately, your library of saved tracks is still limited to 10,000 songs, but hopefully Spotify will lift the completely arbitrary border soon.
Integrations with Google Maps and Waze
Everyone likes listening to a bit of driving and now, Spotify's integration with Google Maps and Waze (a Google-owned Maps service) is easier than ever.
To enable it in Google Maps, go to Settings> Navigation> Music Playback Controls and select the "Spotify" option.
For Waze, open the Spotify app, go to Settings> Social and enable "Waze Navigation."
A new focus on podcasts
Spotify has begun pushing into non-music sounds like podcasts and even motion comics over the past year. BBC and NPR's full podcast slides are now available. Vice also debuted his podcast about the leader of the Sinaloa cartel, Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán, on the service.
From Spotify's press releases it is quite clear that they see podcasts and similar things as a big area of growth so expect to see more. But hello, at least podcasts are amazing and that all your audio sounds in a single app do not sound like a horrible experience.
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Instagram stories continue to take over the world – my Snapchat is now just a depressing desert – and a new The feature they've added is the ability to share Spotify tracks directly to your Instagram stories so your friends can see what you're listening to and play it yourself.
To share a song in your Instagram Story, select it in Spotify and go to Share> Instagram Stories. Post it as usual, and your friends will be able to open it as soon as they see it.
One Way To See Song Credits
Many people work with the music you listen to, and Spotify does not have the best story to acknowledge them all especially songwriters. For peace, Spotify has launched a Secret Genius program to honor songwriters and made it possible to see the increased credits for Spotify tracks.
Select the song in Spotify and then go to "Song Credits" to see them. 
Spotify has been so excellent service as long as it's easy to miss new features that they add. Personally, I dig the podcast integration.