Whether you’re a modern music aficionado, an oldies fan, a classical music fan, or a podcast addict, chances are you’ve heard of Spotify. Spotify is the undisputed monarch of music streaming apps throughout the world, with an estimated 36 percent market share and earnings of about $1.7 billion in 2019. The enormous amount of content available on Spotify — more than 50 million titles are available, and 40,000 pieces of new content are published every day — is one of the key reasons it remains on top and continues to fend off competitors like Pandora and Apple Music.
When you contemplate the amount of content accessible on Spotify for your listening enjoyment, getting started might be a little intimidating for the uninformed. Fortunately, listening to music, creating playlists, and discovering new artists and genres is a breeze with Spotify. Continue reading to learn more about Spotify and how to start curating your own Library.
How to Make Use of Spotify
To use Spotify on your computer, smartphone, or tablet, you must first sign up for a free or premium account. The basic Spotify account is free to use and features simple sharing possibilities, but it comes with some restrictions, such as unskippable commercials, the ability to only listen to music in shuffle mode, a limit of six skips per hour, and access to Daily Mix playlists but not Spotify Radio. Users may upgrade to Spotify Premium for $10 per month, which includes ad-free listening, unlimited high-quality streaming, Spotify Radio, the option to play music and podcasts offline, no content restrictions when traveling, and an unlimited amount of skips. There’s also a $20 per month Family plan, a $15 per month Duo plan, and a $5 per month Student plan. Some aspects appeal to both dogs and children, and children as young as three can enjoy them.
Users can choose from four distinct audio file quality options: Low (24 Kbps), Normal (96 Kbps), High (160 Kbps), and Very High (320 Kbps), with Very High (320 Kbps) reserved for Premium account users. The Release Radar is a unique feature that provides you updates and notifications from musicians you follow whenever a new track is released, as well as Top Song of the Year, so you can listen to your favorite songs year after year. Discover Weekly, an autogenerated weekly playlist prepared every Monday with a selection of tunes based on your recent musical likes, is another fascinating tool. Family Mix is a feature available only to Family account subscribers that makes a blend of each household member’s likes and may be set to Upbeat or Chill.
When it comes to sharing your music with friends and family, Spotify makes it simple by integrating Facebook – you can follow your friends on Spotify and see what they’re listening to by connecting your Facebook account to your Spotify profile. In reality, Spotify’s Find Friends button makes it as simple as clicking and searching to do so. Of course, you can activate Private Listening mode in the Social settings menu on your computer or mobile app to avoid any humiliation if you’re listening to “MMMBop” on repeat, for example. By tapping the three horizontal dots next to a song or album and selecting which service you’d like to utilize, Spotify users can also share music on Tumblr, Skype, Twitter, and Facebook.
You can also use Spotify to create one-of-a-kind codes that recipients can share and scan to enjoy or discreetly critique your musical preferences. Spotify can be played on almost any device, from your phone and PC to your smart TV, Google Home, portable speakers, Amazon Echo, automobiles, and more, thanks to a seamless Bluetooth connection.
How to Install Spotify on a Computer
Use the search bar to find artists, albums, playlists, and more on Spotify’s web player or the Mac or PC program. Double-clicking a track’s name, clicking on a playlist or album while using Browse, or hovering your mouse over your preferred track and selecting the Play button are all options for playing music on your PC. You can also pick the Play button, which displays to the left of the playlist title, artist, or album, and hit it a second time to pause playback.
When the music begins to play, a track menu will display at the bottom of the app or online player, featuring a number of handy options. The Home button allows you to find auto-generated playlists based on your choices as well as what other Spotify users with similar likes like to listen to. Spotify also has a feature called Time Capsule, which selects 60 songs that you probably listened to as a kid.
You can also use the heart button to add a track or album to your Favorite Songs, repeat or pause the recording, shuffle the playlist, skip between songs, manage your Queue, and stream audio from your computer to available devices. After a few uses of the service, you’ll begin to receive Daily Mix playlists, which are based on what Spotify believes you’d want to listen to.
On your smartphone or tablet, here’s how to use Spotify.
The method for opening the Spotify mobile app is nearly identical, with the exception that Browse has been replaced by Search, and utilizing this version is significantly different. If you have a free account, you can shuffle the track listings by selecting the green Play button on iOS or Shuffle Play on Android and pressing on a playlist, artist, or album. Premium users can listen to songs in order by tapping on a playlist, artist, or album, and then selecting the first song they want to hear.