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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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                  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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                                        19 Best Mac Apps for Productivity You Need in 2020

                                        19 Best Mac Apps for Productivity You Need in 2020

                                        Whether you use your Mac for work or just for your personal projects, you’ve likely found yourself wondering how to improve your productivity. There are only so many hours in a day, and so much mental stamina you can muster before you run out.

                                        There are dozens of tricks you can use to improve your own productivity and outlook, but if you’re looking for a more objective, comprehensive fix, the best thing to do is equip your Mac with productivity apps designed to help you do more in less time.

                                        This Lifehack-exclusive list has some of the best productivity apps to help you feel less tired, improve your energy, and ultimately help you get more done every day:

                                        1. Todoist

                                          Available for all iOS devices, Todoist is a note-taking and organization app that can keep you on top of all your projects—both personal and professional.

                                          Its best features are all free to use, including browser extensions, task creation, and interactive boards you can use to organize all your notes.

                                          If you want to pay the optional $29 yearly fee, you can get even more advanced features like backups and automatic reminders. Even with the free version, you’ll stay far more organized.

                                          Download: Todoist

                                          2. 1Password

                                            You may not realize it, but you probably spend a ton of time recalling your passwords, especially if and when you forget one to an app you use on a regular basis.

                                            1Password is an app for Mac that saves and remembers all your passwords for you in one place, so you can access all your favorite sites with a single click.

                                            You’ll save time and keep all your accounts secure simultaneously. A personal plan is $2.99 per month.

                                            Download: 1Password

                                            3. Bear

                                              Bear is a unique kind of note-taking app designed to make it easier for Mac users to jot down notes on the go. With it, you can create to-do lists, give yourself reminders, and outline concepts for future brainstorming sessions.

                                              It comes with many different inline styles so you can customize your notes to your personal preferences, and remember the context in which you wrote them. The core version is free, with a $14.99 per year version available as well.

                                              Download: Bear

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                                              4. Hazel

                                                Hazel by noodlesoft is an automated organization tool designed for Mac that will help you automatically organize your files based on any custom rules you want to create.

                                                For example, you can set it to move untouched items from one folder into another folder labeled “action items” if they haven’t been addressed within a week. It can save you hours of organization over the course of a few weeks. A single license is a flat $32.

                                                Download: noodlesoft

                                                5. Alfred

                                                  Alfred is an all-in-one app designed to save you time with Mac shortcuts and convenient custom actions. You can use it in a variety of ways.

                                                  For example, you can access Alfred’s clipboard memory so you don’t copy and paste the same material over and over, or set up custom workflows to automate some of your most repetitive tasks.

                                                  It’s a paid app, with multiple price points based on the features you desire.

                                                  Download: Alfred

                                                  6. TextExpander

                                                    TextExpander does exactly what the name suggests; it allows you to type a short snippet of text, and expand that text automatically.

                                                    For example, you can create a custom expansion that allows you to conjure a full paragraph you type repeatedly by simply typing a unique abbreviation. Once you get used to your custom combinations, you’ll spare your fingers from typing thousands of words.

                                                    An individual account is $3.33 per month.

                                                    Download: TextExpander

                                                    7. Backblaze

                                                      If you’ve ever experienced a crash, or theft of your Mac, you know how much time a system restore can cost you. You’ll spend hours replacing the files you lost, and lose thousands of files that are irreplaceable.

                                                      Backblaze is an automated, inexpensive way to back up your entire Mac for just $5 a month.

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                                                      Download: Backblaze

                                                      8. Keyboard Maestro

                                                        Keyboard Maestro is an older app that still has the power to make your life easier. With it, you can automate any number of tasks based on a certain trigger (such as a hotkey combination, or an event like connecting to a wireless network). A single license only costs $36.

                                                        Download: Keyboard Maestro

                                                        9. Snagit

                                                          There are many applications for a good screen-capture app, whether you’re trying to illustrate a tech problem you have or just want to make an interesting meme. Snagit makes it easy, with built-in editing for both still images and video. A single license covers two machines, and costs $49.95.

                                                          Download: TechSmith/Snagit

                                                          10. Bartender

                                                            Bartender is the cleverly-named app that helps you clean up and organize all your menu bar icons. You can also access them quickly with keyboard shortcuts.

                                                            If you’re like most Mac users, those icons get cluttered quickly and stop you from working efficiently. It’s free to try for 4 weeks, after which you’ll need a $15 license.

                                                            Download: Bartender

                                                            11. Otter

                                                            Otter is the Mac app for the note taker who hates typing. It’s an intelligent voice-recognition system and note-taking app that will help you transcribe your conversations, keep notes during meetings, and even take contextual notes to yourself in your own time.

                                                            Best of all, it’s free to get started!

                                                            Download: Otter

                                                            12. Flux

                                                              Do you often find yourself feeling tired throughout the day, or feeling unable to get to sleep after a day of staring at your computer? That could be because of the unnatural blue light that radiates from your Mac.

                                                              Flux naturally adapts your display to emit light that matches the time of day, so you can sleep better and feel less tired. It’s also free!

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                                                              Download: Flux

                                                              13. PDFpen

                                                              If you deal with PDFs on a regular basis, you probably find yourself wishing for some kind of tool that can let you mark up those PDFs however you want. Without a dedicated app like PDFpen, this can be difficult.

                                                              PDFpen lets you edit PDFs in almost any conceivable way, giving you more power and saving you time. A single license is $74.95.

                                                              Download: Smile Software/PDFpen

                                                              14. OmniFocus

                                                                OmniFocus is all about task management. It has a clean interface that allows you to tag your tasks, schedule events, and even automate certain features.

                                                                It’s one of the most comprehensive solutions on the market, so there’s a bit of a learning curve to get the most out of it.

                                                                A standard license is $39.99, while the pro version is $79.99.

                                                                Download: OmniFocus

                                                                15. Franz

                                                                  It’s tiring to switch between dozens of different chat programs like Facebook Messenger, Slack, and WhatsApp, whenever you want to have a conversation with a different contact.

                                                                  Franz’s solution is simple; offer access to all these apps in one convenient package. And best of all, it’s completely open source.

                                                                  Download: Franz

                                                                  16. MindNode

                                                                    If you’re the brainstorming type, you need an app like MindNode to help you efficiently organize your thoughts. There are dozens of tools you can use to connect ideas in a mind map, or simply jot down notes for future reference.

                                                                    The core app is free, with in-app purchases available.

                                                                    Download: MindNode

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                                                                    17. Focus

                                                                      The internet is a wonderful thing, but it can be awfully distracting. And if you’re like the majority of us, you’ve interrupted work on a project because of some attention-grabbing site or bad online habit. That’s where Focus comes in.

                                                                      This app allows you to block the worst offenders with custom time limits and other constraints, so you can focus on the task at hand. A single license is $19.99.

                                                                      Download: Focus

                                                                      18. CleanMyMac

                                                                        Chances are, your Mac isn’t working as fast as it could, thanks to gigabytes of clutter and unnecessary files on your system. CleanMyMac helps you scan your Mac, monitor its health, and ultimately clean it up—so you can handle all your tasks that extra bit faster. A single license is $39.95.

                                                                        Download: CleanMyMac

                                                                        19. Grammarly

                                                                          A spelling error or grammatical mistake can cost you big time. It could be the source of a worse grade on a big paper, or compromise your credibility in the workplace. Thankfully, Grammarly can help you.

                                                                          This Mac-integrated writing assistant monitors all your writing and makes live corrections, so you’re alerted to your potential mistakes before they become permanent.

                                                                          A free version exists, but the premium version will cost you between $11 and $30 a month, depending on how you pay.

                                                                          Download: Grammarly

                                                                          The Bottom Line

                                                                          These productivity apps should help you squeeze more productive hours out of every day, but they aren’t the only tools you’ll have to help you find success.

                                                                          Make the time to learn about and experiment with all the life hacks that can make you more productive. By improving your devices as well as your outlook and focus, you’ll be able to get far more done in a day, and feel better doing it.

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