Master Spotify with our list of epic music streaming tricks

Spotify Reaches 60 million paid subscribers

If you’ve got an Internet connection and a PC, laptop, smartphone, or tablet then there’s a huge collection of free music waiting for you at Spotify. You can find all your old favorites, see what’s trending, and follow others to discover great new tunes. It also lets you create playlists and share them with anyone, and if you don’t mind the odd ad, then the whole thing is free. Of course, the experience gets better if you are prepared to pay $10 a month to have those ads removed.

A good deal is a good deal, and that’s why Spotify has more than 24 million active users. If you’re one of them, these helpful Spotify tips and tricks are just for you.

How to create or add to a playlist

It is extremely easy to add music to a playlist in Spotify. First, if you want to create a new playlist, there are two ways to go about it. The first one is to go to the menu at the top and choose “New Playlist”.

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The second way is to right-click on the song and choose “Add To Playlist–>New Playlist” in the right-click menu.

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When you want to add a song to a playlist, right-click on it, as seen above. Choose “Add To Playlist” and then the playlist you want it added to.

How to use folders to organize your playlists

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You’ll inevitably end up with loads (dozens and dozens) of playlists over time, so it’s worth creating folders to organize them. You can only create folders on the desktop PC app for Windows or Mac. Go to File > New Playlist Folder… and type your desired name, then drag and drop playlists in there. You can also create a folder by pressing CTRL + N. You can also create sub-folders by creating another folder and drag and dropping it into an existing folder. If you want to play all the playlists in a folder then right click on it and choose Play.

How to import music MP3s that you own

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If you’ve got an existing music collection then it’s pretty easy to import it into Spotify. Go to Edit > Preferences and scroll down to Local Files. It automatically sucks in tracks from Windows Music Library, Downloads, and Windows Media Player, but you can also tap Add Source … and choose any folder you want. You can also pull in your existing playlists from iTunes and Windows Media Player by going to File > Import Playlists.

How to privately listen to music you’re embarrassed about

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The social side of Spotify is one of the best things about it, but you may not want to share what you are listening to all the time. If you want to dance around to JT, or something else, and don’t want your friends knowing about, click on your name at the top right and select Private Session. You’ll find more permanent options in Edit > Preferences under Activity Sharing at the top and further down under Social Network. If you’re using the app on Android or iOS then head into Settings and you’ll find the Private Session option there.

How to search for music more effectively

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It’s pretty easy to find what you want by using the search box at the top left of Spotify’s Windows/Mac app, but you can set search modifiers for a little extra help in narrowing things down. Say you just want a few suggestions from a specific year and genre, you could type “year:1992 genre:alternative“ in there.

It also works with year ranges, so you could try “year:1992-1996”. You can even try things like “artist:nirvana”, “album:incesticide”, or “title:turnaround”, and if you know the record label of a track, something like “label:tuff-gong” will work. If you want to find a specific user to follow then try typing something like “Spotify: user:snoopdogg.”

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