Before you start using Spotify you’ll be presented with two choices Spotify free apk and Spotify Premium apk with either plan you get access to a large library of music that you can play on a PC smartphone along with apps for several other types of devices if you opt for the free plan you’ll have to deal with the occasional ads if you go with the premium plan you can get rid of the ads plus you get additional features that include unlimited skips better quality audio being able to download tracks to listen to offline along with other features.
In this scenario, we are using Spotify app on a desktop many of these features can also be found on their apps for smartphones and other devices if you’re not following along on a desktop the location of these features may be in a different location for you.
Search For Music:
Let’s start off with the various ways that you can find music to play if you’re looking for a specific song artist album or playlist you can use the search bar here at the top when you click into the search bar you’ll see your recent searches listed below when you type a search query you will now see the top result here at the top followed by songs artists and albums and near the bottom you’ll find playlists podcasts and videos and profiles
let’s go back to the top of the page to instantly play a song just hover your mouse over a selection anywhere on this page and select the play button instead of creating a playlist you can also use the search bar to find out if another user in the community has already made a similar playlist. Such as search for best of ac/dc and it looks like somebody’s already made that playlist you can click into the thumbnail for that playlist to start playing or select the title of the playlist to see which songs are included in that playlist
if you’re unsure of what you want to listen to or you just want to discover new music in the left pane near the top select browse you’re at the top of the page our playlists that Spotify thinks that you’ll enjoy also on this page you’ll find charts new releases and if you scroll down the page you’ll find John ruse and moods these are playlists created by the Spotify team.
Another way to find music to listen to is to select radio on the left just below browse if you’ve ever used the Pandora music service Spotify radio gives you a similar experience here you’ll find recently played stations recommended stations and below that genre stations. The feature on this page that commonly used at the top called create new station when you select it you can do a search for a song or artist. Do a search right now for the song Red Solo Cup and any other of your choice it is when you select the song it will create a playlist with other songs that are similar in style. Creating a radio station is useful for those times when you don’t feel like making a playlist of your own while playing any song in radio you have the option to give that song a thumbs down or a thumbs up giving any song a thumbs up will automatically add that song to the Likes from radio playlist which is a collection of all the songs you have given a thumbs up using the radio feature.
How to create a new playlist here in the lower left select new playlist give your playlist a name I’ll call this one road trip below that you could choose an image and to the right of that you can give your playlist a description I’ll just put in here music for a long road trip when you’re done select create.
It’s that simple to add music to your playlist and when you were on Spotify for example here they have recommended songs or you could be anywhere else. On the song find the three dots i.e menu associated with the song you want to add select it to go down to add to the playlist then click on the playlist you want to add that song to or you could choose to create a new playlist from here as well
Adding songs to the playlist is quick and easy where it gets difficult is deciding which songs that you want to add to add a playlist from the community let’s head up to browse in the upper left and select one of the playlists listed here at the top go with fifth harmony, selecting follow which you will find at the top of every playlist will add it to your list of playlists but you can see here on the left regarding playlists you can subscribe to or create as many playlists as you would like but within each playlist the maximum amount of songs that you can have in one playlist is 10,000 songs.
Now let ‘s go over your library section here in the left pane recently played will show you all the songs albums playlists or radio that you’ve recently listened to below recently played is songs albums and artists.
To add individual songs to the library I’ll show you an example and do a search for Led Zeppelin and you will see plus+ sign only left the side, select it, doing this will add the song to Your Library.
Add an entire album from an artist to your library let’s do a search for an album I’ll go with back in black by ac/dc and select it here at the top selecting save will add that entire album to your library and you’ll notice to the left of each of these songs that the pluses have turned into checkmarks.
There’s also a useful feature that will notify you when an artist you like releases new music
Spotify go to the artist’s page in this example I’ll just select ac/dc while we’re here and select follow. Then in your library, if you go to artists you can see all the music artists that you’re currently following and it will say following under the artist’s name. In stations will show you all the radio stations you’re following local files will show you all the music files on your computer or device that you can play within the Spotify app
Last two categories in your library are videos and podcasts in videos just find a video and select follow it we’ll add it to that category and podcasts find a podcast follow and that podcast will be added.
Being able to download songs is useful when you want to use less data when streaming music or for playing music while you’re offline or when you have terrible cellular reception on a PC or smartphone. At the top right of any playlist just toggle the download switch on to download those songs to your computer or device
Other User Interface:
Finding Similar Artists:
If you’re looking for similar artists to the ones you like when you’re on the artist page select fans also like I have found this is a great way to discover new music and artists
Adding Facebook Friends
in the right pane is where you’ll find your friends selecting find friends will give you the option to connect to Facebook
Along the bottom starting on the left you’ll see the album cover which you can make bigger by selecting the up arrow. The song name and artist selecting the plus will also save that song to your library. In the middle are your navigation options those include shuffle play previous track the play pause button play next track and repeat if you’re one of those people that like to listen to the same song over and over again and to the right is your play queue to see which songs are coming up, devices available shows you which devices are connected to your Spotify account and the volume slider and the icon to switch to full-screen mode
Settings To Change:
Now let’s go over the settings. Selecting the drop-down arrow to the right of your account name then click on settings if you’re on the iOS or Android app to get to settings go to your library then tap the COG wheel in the upper right now
Let’s go to music quality on PC, toggling music quality ON will give you high-quality streaming, On mobile, you get four options for the setting instead of a switch if you’re concerned about your data plan you should avoid extreme quality.
Scroll down the page to local files and this is where you can add music from your personal library can be played on your computer in the Spotify app select add a source then find the folders where your music is stored and when you’re done select ok
Let’s scroll down a little bit more select show advanced settings scroll down a little bit more here down here and playback toggle the switch on for cross-state songs if you prefer your songs to mix together between songs and with it on you can select the crossfade length and below that I prefer to leave the switch turned on for set the same volume for all songs toggled off some songs will be quite a bit louder than others
Under startup and window behavior you’ll see open Spotify automatically after you log into the computer here you have three choices minimized yes or no for me I found that there is no reason for Spotify to start up with my computer so I have this one set to no the fewer programs that are enabled that start up the quicker it’ll boot up those are just a few of the settings I wanted to point out to you most of the others should be self-explanatory I can’t think of anything else to show you right now.