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Spotify Tips And Tricks You’ll Probably Never Know If You Don’t Read This

Spotify Tips And Tricks You’ll Probably Never Know If You Don’t Read This

Spotify has become one of the largest streaming services in the world with more than 40 million active users. Every day about 20,000 songs are added to an already giant catalogue of 20 million songs. It’s hands down the best way to listen to music right now. Use these Spotify tips and tricks to make your experience even better.

1. Organize your playlists in folders

Folders

    If you’ve been using Spotify for a while, it’s likely that you’ve amassed a huge jumble of playlists in your sidebar. Folders can help you sort your songs and keep your music neat looking. The fact that folders allow you to listen to all the playlists in it makes them even more of a must use feature.

    To create a folder go to File > New Playlist Folder or use the keyboard shortcut Control + Shift + N (Command + Shift + N on a Mac).

    2. Make an empty playlist called “-” to make a divider

    Divider

      Ever find yourself sifting through tons of playlists and wish that they could be separated? The solution is simple. Just make a new, empty playlist called “-” and Spotify will create a divider. This tip is a great way to keep your playlist area tidy and easy to navigate.

      3. Use Spotify’s audio visualizer

      Visualizer

        This little easter egg adds a visual element that changes and evolves while you listen to music. Simply type “spotify:app:visualizer” in the search bar to be brought to the app. You can select different generators in the top bar of the page. My favorite is “Globe Normals” but they’re definitely all worth checking out.

        4. Follow your favorite artists

        follow artists

          Spotify has a nifty follow feature available for every artist in their catalogue. When you follow an artist, Spotify will automatically send you notifications when the band releases new tracks or albums. If the artist uses Spotify, then when you follow them you’ll be able to see what they’re listening to in the sidebar to the right.

          5. Easily share music with drag and drop

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          drag and drop 2

            If you ever want to share a song in an email or IM, simply drag and drop the song into the text area. Spotify will do all the linking and typing for you.

            6. Use Spotify apps

            App Finder

              Spotify introduced apps to their desktop applications in December 2011. Since then, a ton of apps have found their place on the platform. A lot of them are actually quite cool. You can use last.fm to find similar artists, Pitchfork to get album reviews, Tunewiki for lyrics, and more. Head over to the App Finder to check some of them out.

              7. Search better with modifiers

              search modifiers

                Much in the same way as Google, Spotify has search modifiers to help you find music quicker. Here are some of the best modifiers:

                artist:[artistname]

                album:[albumname]

                title:[titlename]

                year:[year]

                You can also exclude results with the above modifiers by typing NOT before what you want to exclude. For example, “NOT year:1970-2000” would exclude all songs released in the years 1970-2000.

                8. Uncheck “Hide Unplayable Tracks”

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                hide unplayable tracks 2

                  Unchecking this lets you see music that isn’t available for streaming in your country. Seeing the unplayable tracks, however, can help you find new songs by artists that may be available elsewhere online.

                  You can find this option in the Preferences menu. To get to it on a PC, go to Edit > Preferences or use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + P. On Mac find it in Spotify > Preferences or the keyboard shortcut Command + ,.

                  9. Turn on High Quality Streaming (Premium Only)

                  high quality streaming

                    This will better the quality of your streams from 160 kbps all the way to a respectable 320 kbps. It’s a great way to get the very most out of your music.

                    You can find this option in the Preferences menu. To get to it on a PC, go to Edit > Preferences or use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + P. On Mac find it in Spotify > Preferences or the keyboard shortcut Command + ,.

                    10. Make use of Spotify’s Browse App

                    Browse

                      Select “Browse” from the sidebar in Spotify. From there you can check out new releases, keep up on music news, and even find cool playlists for your mood.

                      11. Import your own local music

                      local files

                        Sure, Spotify has more than 20 million songs in their catalogue, but there are still a few tracks missing. You can import your own local music from the “Local Files” section in the Preferences menu. To get to it on a PC, go to Edit > Preferences or use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + P. On Mac find it in Spotify > Preferences or the keyboard shortcut Command + ,. Hit “Add Source” to add any folders that have the music you’re looking for.

                        12. Stop sharing your songs by listening in private mode

                        private session

                          Everyone has a few guilty pleasure songs that they don’t want anyone to know they actually listen to. Head to your name in the top right corner and click on it. From there click on “Private Session.” This will hide the music you listen to from your followers until a long period of inactivity. Don’t worry, Spotify will warn you when it turns Private Session off.

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                          13. Permanently change privacy settings

                          privacy settings

                            If “Private Session” isn’t enough, you can permanately change your privacy settings in the Preferences Menu. To get to it on a PC, go to Edit > Preferences or use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + P. On Mac find it in Spotify > Preferences or the keyboard shortcut Command + ,.

                            Choose your desired privacy settings in the Activity Sharing area.

                            14. Create radio stations for your favorite songs

                            start playlist radio

                              Got a song that you can’t take off repeat? If you right click the song and choose “Start Radio”, Spotify will generate a station complete with music similar to the song. This is a great way to discover great new music you will love.

                              You can also start radio stations for artists and even playlists!

                              15. Use collaborative playlists

                              collaborative playlist

                                Collaborative playlists are one of the greatest features of Spotify. Simply right click on a playlist and select “Collaborative Playlist.” Now anyone you share your playlist with will be able to add and remove songs. This is a great way to get to know your friends’ music tastes, or to source song ideas for an upcoming party or event!

                                16. Scrobble to Last.fm

                                scrobble to last.fm

                                  Love statistics? Last.fm tracks the music you listen to on Spotify and gives you information on your top artists, songs, and more. It also uses this information to recommend cool new bands and albums to you.

                                  You can turn on scrobbling in the Preferences Menu. To get to it on a PC, go to Edit > Preferences or use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + P. On Mac find it in Spotify > Preferences or the keyboard shortcut Command + ,.

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                                  From there, simply type your Last.fm credentials into Spotify. If you need one, sign up for an account for Last.fm here.

                                  17. Share a song from a specific time

                                  specific time

                                    Ever wanted to share a specific part of a song with someone? Just type, “#0:00” after the Spotify URI and replace the 0:00 with the time you want the song to start at. For example: spotify:track:6vSq5q5DCs1IvwKIq53hj2#0:55. Now just paste that into the search bar in your Spotify app!

                                    18. Check your play history

                                    history

                                      This can be a handy feature if you’re listening to an album or playlist and want to go back to a song. Navigate to your “Play Queue” in the sidebar and click “History” at the top of the page. This will show you your listening history for a long time.

                                      19. See your top tracks, artists, and albums

                                      top lists

                                        Head over to “Top Lists” in the sidebar and choose “for me” in the drop down menu on the right. In the other drop down menu you can select between tracks, artists, and albums to see your most listened to items in that category.

                                        20. Use keyboard shortcuts to get around faster

                                        Spotify comes with a bunch of keyboard shortcuts to make your life easier. Here are some of my favorites:

                                        Ctrl-Right to go to the next track.

                                        Ctrl-Alt-Enter to go to the artist of the selected row.

                                        Ctrl-L to start typing in the search bar.

                                        For more check out Spotify’s help page.

                                        Spotify is a powerful music listening to application. Use these tips to get the most out of it!

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                                        11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

                                        11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

                                        In today’s fast-paced and never-ending busy world, we are overwhelmed by tasks that need to be completed by tight deadlines. With so much technology it is difficult to find the right tools to help boost our efficiency. And, many tools get obsolete so its essential to stay up-to-date to know when you will have to make adjustments to these tools. Independently of where you work, there’s a good chance that you have to be working on a PC or a laptop.

                                        Do you are feel like you do not have enough time, or cannot accomplish much as of late? It is recommended to take a step back and look at the big picture. Also, you want to explore new and innovative ways to improve productivity.

                                        In this article, I outline 11 features and apps within the Chrome browser that can help you do just that.

                                        Minimizing Tabs

                                        Let’s face it we all have more than a dozen tabs opened on our computers. One neat trick to still keep most of them open is to turn them into pinned tabs. On Google Chrome you can right-click the tab and select “Pin Tab” option. This turns the tab into an icon enabling you to continue multitasking.

                                        Pinning a tab anchors the tabs on the left of your toolbar; a great benefit of the “Pin Tab” feature is that you can’t close these tabs accidentally since the “X” disappears after pinning them.

                                        Incognito Mode

                                        Google Chrome is a very easy-to-use and intuitive. But, Google does collect our browsing data; so to remedy this, you can use Incognito Mode. This feature does not keep your browsing or download history. You can enable or access it in three different ways:

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                                        1. Press Ctrl/Command+shift+N
                                        2. Select File Menu and choose New Incognito Window
                                        3. Download extension New Incognito Window

                                        This feature is very handy if you’d rather not have your browsing history stored and utilized for future advertisement or suggested pages.

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                                        Have you ever browsed interesting or important information and then forgot to bookmark or save it in “favorites”, making it impossible to find again? Chances are you have done this on a number of occasions.

                                        Thankfully, there is an easy solution. You can save webpages as PDF files. On your keyboard, press control/command+p and you will be able to save webpages as PDFs.

                                        Open Recently-closed Tabs

                                        Ever had dozens of tabs opened and all of a sudden your browser shuts down? It has probably happened to all of us. You can easily recover all of your tabs using two approaches. Don’t panic if this happens because there is a workaround and solution for it.

                                        One is by pressing Ctrl/CMD+Shift+T.

                                        The other approach is to click on the three vertical dots on your browser and hover over “History”.

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                                        Solve Mathematical Problems

                                        Google’s Chrome browser doesn’t just search for relevant and updated information. It is also capable of performing some mathematical problems. Within the omnibox (Chrome’s address or URL bar), you can perform mathematical exercises.

                                        For example, if you are struggling with percentages you can search 20 percent of x amount and it will instantly provide a result. Pretty handy, right?!

                                        Play Media Files

                                        Are you frequently met with difficulties when playing or watch a video files? Well, once again Chrome comes to the rescue. You can can listen or play videos from all sorts of movie or music files (mp3, mp4, .mov, .mkv, .ogv, .webm, .wav, etc.) by simply dragging the file into the search bar.

                                        In addition, you can view images, PDF files and Microsoft Office files, too.

                                        Navigate Swiftly Between Tabs

                                        With all of those tabs opened comes great navigation responsibilities. Rather than clicking through every tab, you can use shortcut keys like Ctrl+Tab to navigate all of the different tabs. Also, you are able to navigate to the first tab by pressing Ctrl-1, Ctrl-2, and so on. If you want to switch to the very last tab, press Ctrl-9.

                                        Stay Focus(e)d

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                                        With Chrome’s StayFocusd extension, you can truly stay focused and get more done in less time.

                                        This extension naturally helps you stay more productive by limiting the amount of time you spend on websites. You can set the time and it will automatically block those sites after a certain period.

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                                        You can use it professionally or as a student, which will make the editing process much easier and more efficient. Furthermore, it can automatically check for typos when you send an email, type a Tweet, or post a Facebook comment. It’s like having your own personal copyeditor!

                                        Loom

                                        There are times that words in an email or written text in a chat app will just not convey the right meaning.

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                                        There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the same is true of videos.

                                        With Loom, you can capture, narrate and immediately share video recordings of your screen, which will help coworkers understand issues you are facing, or to easily convey an explanation on screen. Plus, with video you will be able to easily walk people through a process, and you can use it to create simple how-to videos.

                                        Chrome Calendar Extension

                                        No matter what your level of responsibility is at your job, Google Calendar is another essential resource to have at your fingertips.

                                        Specifically, you can have this extension added as an icon in the toolbar of your browser, which I highly recommend. Once you add the extension to your browser, you can check for upcoming events with a single click without leaving your current page.

                                        Final Thoughts

                                        Google Chrome has definitely evolved from its inception. As you can see you have a very powerful tool that comes as a free installation and is loaded with dozens of capabilities. The above listed Chrome apps can resolve some of the most common obstacles to your time management and productivity.

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