The following post is from Michelle of Mommy Misadventures:
If there’s one thing that helps me keep my sanity during the workday, it’s an endless supply of good music. And my choice for music is Spotify. If you’re not familiar with Spotify, it is a streaming music service; a friend of mine described it to me as iTunes without having to download everything individually. Spotify is a Swedish music service and is available in a variety of European countries, as well as the United States. (Sorry, Canada does not have Spotify access.)
Spotify is free to sign up for and is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux. The free Spotify subscription limits listening time to 10 hours per month and is ad-supported. Subscribers can upgrade to Unlimited service for $4.99 per month which removes all ads and allows you unlimited playtime. For more functionality, including using the service on other devices (mobile devices, media devices, etc.) and offline playlists, users can subscribe to the Premium service for $9.99 per month.
You can choose from a wide selection of songs from different artists in different genres,as well as create playlists, and all that good stuff. Playlists can be made up of your own songs, or you can find a ton of sites online that give you playlist ideas, one of my favorites is TheAwesomeMix. And by the wide selection, I’m talking millions of songs from all kinds in various languages. (I’ve found songs in Japanese, Tagalog, Vietnamese, French, and Italian, just to name a few!) You can even import your existing music collections to create playlists with Spotify tracks and the tracks you already own.
I’m a huge fan of Spotify and gladly pay $9.99 per month for the Premium subscription. Though it is a bit pricey, I’ve found that Spotify is a great service for both listening to music and finding new music. It is particularly useful for kids’ music since I really don’t want to spend the money to buy new music for her all the time, knowing that there are certain songs that she’ll outgrow quickly.
Tips & Tricks
If you dislike using your mouse to click around applications, Spotify has some easy to use shortcuts. Here’s just a few:
- Tap the space bar to pause a track
- Ctrl-Shift-Down will mute your music
- Ctrl-right arrow to move forward one track; Ctrl-left arrow
Substitute the Command (Cmd) key for the Control key when using a Mac.
Make searching through the millions of tracks that are available on Spotify easier by using modifiers. You can search by artist by typing artist: Artist Name in the search field. Use quotes to find the exact name. You can even append parts of song titles to find particular songs. For example, the search artist:” Eric Clapton”: heaven returns all songs by Eric Clapton that have the word “heaven” in the title.
Spotify shares what you’re listening to with other people on Spotify, as well as your Facebook friends list. If you’re worried about your privacy – or, like me, stick firm to the belief that your love of 80s bubblegum teen pop should remain between you and Spotify only – you do have a few options to help protect your privacy hide your shame.
- Turn off sharing by going to Edit – Preferences and uncheck the “Share my activity on Spotify Social” and “Show what I listen to on Facebook” checkboxes. To take it a step further, you can also uncheck the options to publish new playlists, top artists, and top tracks.
- Listen privately by choosing “Private Session” by clicking on your name in the upper right-hand corner of the Spotify desktop application and choosing “Private Session”. The slight disadvantage to doing this is that any song that you listen to during a Private Session will not contribute to Spotify learning your listening habits to recommend music.
Easy Playlist Backup
Want to backup your Spotify playlists quickly and easily? Go to your playlist and hit Ctrl-A (Cmd-A on Macs), open Word (or other word processing application like OpenOffice/LibreOffice Writer), and click Ctrl-C (Cmd-C on Macs) to copy. This will save.
Shortcuts to Playlists
Got a favorite Spotify playlist you just love and want easy access to? In Spotify, click and hold the title for your playlist and drag it out onto your desktop. Now you’ve got a shortcut your desktop to your favorite Spotify playlist.
Do you use Spotify? What are some of your favorite tips & tricks?
|Michelle Mista is an IT professional, freelance writer and blogger. A lifelong geek, she blogs the latest in tech news, tips & tutorials at Tech Geek Girl and muses about motherhood at Mommy Misadventures. She is on the constant quest to balance life, work and geekery.|