How to Use Spotify? Guide for the Beginners

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

Browse Feature:

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.

Spotify Radio:

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.

Spotify PlayLists:

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.

Spotify Library:

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.

Spotify Follow:

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.

Download Music:

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

Currently Playing:

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.

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