You may have boxed up / sold / burned all your CDs in a bonfire long ago inorder to embrace the Spotify streaming revolution, but we're betting there are a few things you didn’t know you could do with the world’s favourite online music service.
Here are our picks.
1 | Advance search by artist, year, and genre
Spotify's advanced search feature allows you to hone your musical exploration to a particular genre or genres (type, for example, genre:blues in the search bar), or – if you’re feeling nostalgic for a certain period – by a year or period of years (e.g. year:1995 or year:1995-2000). Handy for those private moments when you want to pretend you're a teenager again.
2 | Scrobble your music using Last.fm
If you have a Last.fm account you can link this to your Spotify through the Preferences menu, and all of your listening will be logged on Last, for you to peruse at your leisure, providing a clear overview of everything you've been listening to. Not necessarily an advantage if you've been hammering that Katy Perry album too hard.
3 | Enjoy a private listening session
On that note, you can hide what you've been listening to from your friends’ judging eyes by enabling a ‘Private Session’. Just click your name in the top right to go incognito.
4 | Crossfade between songs
Eliminate those awkward silences when you’re ‘DJing’ at parties by adding a crossfade – it's in 'Preferences' then under 'Playback'. You can even adjust the length to your liking.
5 | Personalise your account by installing apps
You can add bells and whistles to Spotify using apps. Want recommendations on the latest alternative music? Install Pitchfork’s app. Want synced lyrics as you listen? Get TuneWiki. Want to track which bands are blowing up on social media? Download Emerge. Soon you'll be wasting as much time on it as you do your iPhone.
6 | Send songs to any platform
Telling your friends exactly what they should be listening to is one of the joys of liking music, and this couldn’t be easier with Spotify. Just right click a track and, if you’re logged into Facebook, you can post it on anyone's wall at the click of a button. Otherwise, you can send tracks straight to another Spotify account, or even just drag and drop songs into emails, meaning your loved ones won’t be able to escape your superior taste no matter where they go.
7 | Discover the most popular songs among your friends
The new ‘Top Tracks in your Network’ feature – found under 'Browse' then 'Top Lists' – assesses what all your friends have been listening to then aggregates what is most popular amongst them, like a very localised Top 40. Meaning you can double check they're taking your expert recommendations on board.
8 | Get notifications whenever new music from your favourite artists becomes available
Unofficial offshoot SpNotify means you no longer need to manually check to see if your favourite band has new music out on Spotify. Simply enter a list of everyone you need to be kept updated on, and SpNotify will do the work for you, sending you an email notification as soon as it’s up. And no, Taylor Swift hasn't changed her mind yet.
9 | Get to Spotify directly from Shazam
Shazam – the phone app that identifies songs for you by listening to them – now dovetails directly with Spotify, meaning you'll not only be told the name of that tune on the radio you love, but can listen to it again straight away if you damn well please.
10 | Control the music in Uber cars
In an apparent bid to leave no factors beyond your control, Uber have announced a partnership with Spotify to allow you to select the music in any vehicle. Just be careful what you put on; with Uber drivers now reviewing their customers, playing the whole of Purple Rain at full volume could backfire.