Spotify is an audio streaming platform that offers many things to its users. People choose it for its features and good audio quality. From music albums to podcasts, Spotify offers a wide range of services. It saves us from searching for music from different platforms or searching manually. It is a very convenient program. Let’s take a look at how to use Spotify.
It is possible to do many things on Spotify. You can discover music by its suggestions or discover yourself by browsing through the genres. Spotify might look a bit complicated. Yet, it is very easy to get used to it. Just like a car with many options.
It also has a web player that you can connect to from the internet. If you don’t have access to the app, you might try it as well.
Now let’s take a look at Spotify’s features and how to use them.
Features of Spotify
Spotify is not just about listening to music and closing the application. Among discovering songs and podcasts, there are many things you can do such as making friends, following artists and making your own playlists. We will touch upon all of these features.
One of the best features of Spotify is discovering music. It was the first feature when Spotify was marketed for the first time. Yet, it is not just suggestions. The application brings you artists, albums, and playlists according to your taste.
Like many other music platforms, and YouTube, which is its major rival, Spotify has a Search Bar where you can search for songs, artists, albums, podcasts, etc. You can find the Search Bar on the very first page when you open the Spotify app. It is called the ‘Home’ page. You can search for songs, playlists, radio stations, and podcasts. Yet, what the Home page offers?
On the Home page, you can find:
- Your recently played albums,
- Your heavy rotation (things you listen continuously,)
- Mixes that are made for you,
- Your playlists,
- Recommended playlists for today,
- Playlists based on your recent listenings,
- Songs that are more like your top songs of the year,
- Suggested artists,
- 100% hits,
- Your background music.
As you can guess from these features, Spotify learns your taste and brings out alternatives according to it. Then offers you daily mixes.
One of the most interesting things that Spotify made was bringing out your music summary at the end of the year. They even made it available for sharing and as a result almost every Spotify user has shared their summary and showed what they were listening throughout the year.
Your discovery of music is not only limited to the Home page although it offers more than expected. You can discover more from the Browse page.
The Browse page is a heaven for people who are in the world of music. Because you can find:
- Genres & Moods
- New Releases
- Playlists Made For You
Yes, you can find concerts as well. When you open the Browse page and click on ‘Concerts,’ then you will find concerts that will happen in your city.
When you are not sure what to listen to, you can use the Radio page to listen to music instantly. It is not like an actual radio station that is being broadcasted through a station or an Internet radio, however, it is similar to that.
You can find radio playlists that are based on artists or songs. You just pick your style and Spotify will take it from there. The difference between a suggested playlist and the radio is that radio playlists never end. It will go on as long as you listen.
When you are listening to the radio, you have the ability to like or dislike the songs you are listening to. When you do so, the next songs will change according to your likes and dislikes.
Keep in mind that Artist based radio stations are not continuous when you first start to play them. However, you can change this adjustment from the Settings. To do that follow these steps:
- Click on the arrow next to your profile picture,
- At the very bottom of the Settings list, you will find the ‘Autoplay’ section.
- Click on the switch next to ‘Autoplay similar songs when your music ends’ phrase.
Another magnificent feature of the app is that you can create your own Spotify playlists. Of course, you can do this on YouTube too, but here it is much easier. You can find the Playlists section under Your Library.
Here you can create playlists as you wish. When you click on ‘New Playlist,’ Spotify will ask you to give it a name and a description for your new playlist. You can skip the description if you like, however you have to give it a name because Spotify offers song suggestions for your new playlist.
This feature really comes handy especially if you know what songs to put in your playlist. For example, you write ’80s Pop’ as your playlist’s name and Spotify brings all of the popular songs throughout the 80s.
You can add as many songs as you want to a playlist by clicking on the ‘Add to playlist’ button. When you add songs you will see a date next to each song. It is the date when you put that song to your list.
Spotify also prevents you to add duplicating songs to a playlist by warning you that the song is duplicated. You can, however, add the song by clicking ‘Add Anway’ button when it warns you. Or you can skip it by clicking on the ‘Skip Duplicate’ button.
Social Interactions on Spotify
We have mentioned that Spotify is not only an audio streaming program. It is also a kind of social platform because you can have friends on Spotify.
You can find friends on Spotify, follow them, and have a look at their playlists. You can follow their playlists, and see how many followers their playlists have. Of course, this is only available for Public Playlists.
It is also possible to see who is following your friends and who your friends follow. You can find friends by entering their name or nickname to the Search Bar.
When you are following a friend, you will see what they listen to and when they listen to songs. You can find this information on the Friend Activity section. Keep in mind that this is a feature only available on a desktop.
Other Useful Features
If you want to learn how to use Spotify like a pro, there are some features that you shouldn’t miss out and will come in very handy. Let’s take a look at what kind of other features Spotify offers:
- Downloading Songs
It is possible to download songs on Spotify. You can use this feature both on a desktop and mobile. It is pretty useful to download your mostly used playlists on mobile because you can use Spotify offline by doing so. When you are in the subway, on the road you can listen to the songs you want and use less data while streaming music.
- Adding Songs to Queue
When you are using Spotify on a desktop or mobile, you can add songs to the queue. If you want to listen to a particular song after what you are listening at that time, you can add the next song to queue by following these steps:
- Find the song you want to add to the queue,
- Click on the three-dotted button at the right side of the song,
- Click on ‘Add to Queue.’
- The Lyrics
Spotify offers lyrics when you are listening to music too. Spotify has collaborated with Genius to show the lyrics of the songs. However, the feature is only available in English. To see the lyrics:
- When you are using the mobile app, tap on the playing song at the bottom.
- Then tap on the ‘Now Playing’ button at the bottom right side of the page.
Yes, if you are using Spotify on a desktop, you should be connected to the Internet to use the program.
Premium does not only clear the ads, but it also allows you to select songs in the playlist when you are using the mobile application. You cannot do this without buying Premium.
You cannot use Spotify offline if you don’t have Premium. However, it may be possible to do it with third-party apps.
We have touched upon how to use Spotify. It is a marvelous program for listening to music and podcasts. It is also very convenient to discover new songs, styles, genres as well.
Spotify offers a wide range of services along with customization. You can create your own playlists, download and share them with your friends.
If you want to learn more about Spotify, check our articles about Spotify. You may be interested to see How to Download Music from Spotify as well.