After years of listening to your favorite tracks between a few commercial breaks, you’ve finally cracked 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 that have contributed 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 track played in Spotify a little too harsh, you can enable crossfading of tracks.
To do this, enter the Preferences of Spotify, scroll down all the options and click on Show advanced settings.
Under the title Readingchoose toEnable Song Crossfadingand adjust the fade duration by moving the slider.
2. Master the search engine
Spotify’s search engine is way more powerful than it looks. But to realize this, you must first learn a few fairly simple rules.
The first, when searching for specific content, type your search in quotes. Spotify will then only display results that exactly match the search terms.
When you are looking 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 hyphen), gender: followed by the type sought, or label: if you know the label that produced a specific track.
It is also possible to refine your search by using operators between different keywords: AND (Where +) to display results including all keywords, GOLD to show results that include either keyword, and NOT (Where –) to exclude a specific term from the results.
Note that all of these search operators can be combined with each other. On its French support, Spotify indicates search tags written in French (year, genre, record company). We’ve tested them and as of this writing, none of them work. Only tags written in English can be used to filter searches.
3. Enjoy the best listening quality
Natively, Spotify sets the listening quality to Automatic. However, you can 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 on line Streaming Qualityselect Very high.
From the mobile application, go to the Home tab, and access the Preferences by pressing the cogwheel icon.
Enter the menu Sound quality and set the quality level for streaming music (Upload), as well as locally downloaded music (Download section).
4. Control Spotify by Keyboard
If you’re used to listening to Spotify from your PC, at work for example, it’s possible to take control of playback without having to grab your mouse. This requires learning the following shortcuts (replace Ctrl with Cmd on macOS). Then you just have to use them in the Spotify interface.
Space : Play / Pause
Shuffle playback (from a playlist for example): Ctrl + S
Next / Previous Song : Ctrl+right or left arrow
Volume up/down : 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 backed up. Even if you happen to delete one by mistake, it is possible to recover it in 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 on Restore in front of each of the lists that you want to retrieve from your account.
6. Find a track using your history
Listened to a song that caught your attention a few hours ago, but can’t remember the artist or title of the song? You can probably find it by going to your listening history.
To find it, from the interface of the desktop application, click on the button giving access to the Waiting lineat the bottom right.
Then place yourself on Historical to view the list of songs you have listened to recently.
7. Listen to songs stored on your hard drive in Spotify
Some tracks from one of your somewhat underground rock bands are not listed in Spotify and you would like to be able to listen to it without having to open another media player? Spotify can also play songs that you store locally on your hard drive.
To do this, open the Preferences from Spotify and scroll down to the section dedicated to Local files.
Activate the option Show local files then, select the directories proposed by default (Downloads and Music library) if they contain moreaux, or click on Add 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 for downloaded songs
Besides 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 be sure that you can play them even when you are away from any Internet connection.
However, if you’re using the offline feature from a Mac or PC, the many songs stored on your hard drive may end up taking up too much space. Never mind, it is quite possible to tell Spotify to store downloaded titles in another location.
To do this, go to Preferences of the application, go down to the very bottom of the page and click on Show advanced settings.
At the line Offline title storageclick on Change location to select another backup medium, partition or directory on your hard drive.
9. Create collaborative playlists
Creating playlists on Spotify and publishing them is good. Creating collaborative playlists to find your favorite songs, but also the favorite tracks of your close friends, is even better.
To ensure the soundscape of your next party, start by 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 directly click on the option button of the playlist, and declare it as collaborative playlist. You will then only have to invite your friends to subscribe to your playlist and add their favorite titles.
10. Organize your playlists in folders
The multiplication of playlists in the sidebar can quickly become unmanageable. To help you find your way around, it is possible to organize your playlists in 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 play your music at home, you don’t have to sit in front of your PC to change songs. Even running on your computer, Spotify can be controlled remotely from your smartphone provided that both 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 you listen to a playlist suggested by Spotify, chances are you don’t like some songs. Fortunately, it is possible to customize the queue of upcoming songs with just a few clicks.
At the bottom right of the Spotify window, click the icon Waiting line to display the list of upcoming titles.
Then right-click on a song to Remove from Queue. Repeat for any songs you don’t want to hear.
13. Listen to Spotify from your browser
Listening to music on Spotify does not necessarily require installing the dedicated application on your PC. While advanced users may already know this, newcomers may not know that there is an online player, as Spotify’s login interface isn’t very clear on this.
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 type https://open.spotify.com directly into your browser’s address bar to directly access the player.
Note that if you are using the web player from Google Chrome, it is possible toinstall the Spotify Progressive Web App on your machine. To do this, open the main menu of Chrome, and click on the mention Install Spotify.
Validate the installation by clicking again on the button Install. Here’s a great way to install Spotify’s player on your work machine when an administrator has locked everything down.
14. Listen to your music in a private session
One of the advantages of Spotify is being able to follow your friends and see the titles they are listening to. Ideal for making new discoveries, this function can in some cases be annoying, especially if you listen to titles of which you are not very proud.
Fortunately, you can continue to listen to the complete Johnny in secret without your friends knowing. This requires opening a private Spotify session.
To do this, click on the drop-down menu attached to your profile, and go to Private listening session. Once activated, the function should display a small blue padlock on your profile picture.
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 playback of the song on a specific passage? It’s entirely possible. To do this, right-click on the piece, position yourself on Share and click on Copy Spotify URL.
Paste the URL into your email, chat window or anywhere else you want to share the track, and append to the end of the URL #X:XX where the X’s represent the passage in minutes and seconds when playback should begin.
Example : spotify:track:1hY60LJWE6B9gHV1Oi9kE5#0:59 will start playback of the song at 59and second.
Note that this option only works with the Spotify URL which, when entered into the web browser address bar, will automatically start the song playing in the application installed on the machine, not in the web player .