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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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            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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                                        How to Improve Your Computer Skills to Get Ahead in Your Career

                                        How to Improve Your Computer Skills to Get Ahead in Your Career

                                        Technology has taken the business world by storm. People and businesses are progressively reliant on technology world these days. As a result, the people with impressive knowledge and experience with a computer are in demand.

                                        Considering this growing market trend, if you too wish to bag a profitable job, this article is apt for you. Here, we will dig deeper into the business and technology world to look into what are the best computer skills one should invest in and what resources to get help from.

                                        So, are you ready? Here we begin.

                                        6 Most-In Demand Computer Skills This Year (and Beyond)

                                        When talking about computer skills, following are the 6 computer skills that can fill your mailbox with endless job opportunities (besides, having an English and Hindi typing speed of 40+ WPM):-

                                        1. Spreadsheets and Databases

                                        Considering the treasure trove of data companies are handling these days, Spreadsheet and Database management skill tops the list. It is considered the most wanted job skill in the market, with a salary of around $53,129/yr for an entry-level position. However, the spreadsheet skill does not confine to auditing data from cells.

                                        To get hired based on this computer skill, you need to become a Spreadsheet ninja. From storing data to organizing them, applying complex mathematics formulas, and creating complex macros, you need to be an expert at all.

                                        In other words, you need to have an expertise at working with:

                                        • Microsoft Excel
                                        • Microsoft Access
                                        • Statistics
                                        • Data Analytics
                                        • Adobe Campaign
                                        • Quickbooks
                                        • XML Database management system
                                        • Filemaker Pro
                                        • MATLAB
                                        • Hive
                                        • FORTRAN
                                        • RDBMS (Relational Database Management System)
                                        • SAS

                                        2. Social Media, Email, and Blogging

                                        Though people are socially active, not everyone knows how to use the social media tools on the professional front. In such a scenario, having an expertise at writing engaging yet professional emails, writing blogs, and managing social media activities is a ticket to entry in reputed organizations.

                                        Some of the skills related to social media, email and blogging that will have a leg up in the hiring process are:

                                        • Content Management System (CMS)
                                        • Google Analytics
                                        • Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
                                        • Email Marketing
                                        • Web Page Design
                                        • WordPress
                                        • Digital Media
                                        • Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
                                        • Campaign Management Software

                                        3. Graphic Design and Word Processing

                                        A solid grasp of skills to present the gained information in the much readable form is another market need. When considering this computer skill category, you need to enhance your skills at:

                                        • Adobe Photoshop
                                        • Adobe InDesign
                                        • Adobe Illustrator
                                        • AutoCAD
                                        • CorelDRAW
                                        • Microsoft Visual Studio
                                        • Maya
                                        • Microsoft Word
                                        • Microsoft Publisher
                                        • Operating Digital Cameras

                                        4. Software and Hardware Design and Development

                                        The Software and Hardware development, in simpler language, means designing, implementing, and testing the computer software/hardware applications. It is the most profitable computer skill, with a different job opening, including Software Architect, Software Analyst, Software programmer, Hardware configuration, etc.

                                        To be capable of developing and testing the software and hardware, you need to peruse your users’ needs and build an application that hits their pain points. You need to work with different web and mobile app coding languages for gaining the attention of your audience, some of which are:

                                        • HTML
                                        • C/C++
                                        • Java
                                        • Python
                                        • XML
                                        • UI/UX
                                        • LINUX
                                        • CISC and RISC architecture
                                        • Embedded Processor Hardware Design
                                        • Memory Management
                                        • PCB Layout
                                        • SQL

                                        5. IT Troubleshooting

                                        Working on computers is one thing and having a knack of looking into the associated issues and resolving them in real-time is another. There are various employees and graduates who work with computer systems in their daily lives, but get confused when it comes to dealing with frozen programs and performing routine maintenance.

                                        So, if you are familiar with the basic anatomy of computers and machines and know the tricks to perform such tasks to streamline the working process, enter the IT support arena. The prime IT troubleshooting skills one needs to work upon are:

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                                        • Backup management
                                        • Diagnostics
                                        • End User support
                                        • Client-Server management
                                        • Installation and configuration
                                        • Issue tracking system (ITS)
                                        • System administration
                                        • Tech support

                                        6. Enterprise Systems

                                        Many Enterprises have their own enterprise solutions like PeopleSoft for managing their data and operations.

                                        Becoming a master at using the enterprise solutions mentioned in their ‘Requirements’ area can also lessen the barrier to get a job.

                                        The Roadmap to Excel Your Computer Skills

                                        Now that you know the 6 most popular computer skills in the market, the first decision, you need to take is which computer skill you want to work upon. All the skills are equally considerable for making a career ahead. So, choose one as per your interest.

                                        Once done, look forward to the following resources for boosting your computer skills and getting a reputed, handsome job.

                                        Depending on the computer skill you opt, here are the online courses you can turn to for elevating your career opportunities:

                                        1. Become a Spreadsheet and Database Ninja

                                        a. Microsoft Excel Training Online Course – Basic & Advanced

                                        Whether you are a beginner, intermediate or expert at working with spreadsheets, this online course has something new for everyone to become excel efficient users.

                                        Divided into 48 interesting lessons, the course empowers you to learn the technique of using mathematical, statistical, logical and text functions, sorting and filtering the data, creating Pivot Tables, building macros, finding a value with VLOOKUp, and much more.

                                        b. Excel- Online Courses, Classes, Training, Tutorials on Lynda

                                        This is another impressive course to unlock the power of Excel. Designed for people from all walks of life and familiarity with Excel tools. This course helps you gain in-depth knowledge from the experts about this data-analyzing tool and make the magic in spreadsheet creation and management process.

                                        c. SQL & Database Design A-Z™: Learn MS SQL Server + PostgreSQL

                                        Build a successful career in the data analytics world with this online course.

                                        Revolving around the two top databases, MS SQL and PostgreSQL, this course will give you a comprehensive knowledge of the working of the databases and understanding of all the related elements, including how to create, update, organize, and safeguard the data.

                                        2. Rule the Social Media World

                                        a. Free Social Media Course by HubSpot

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                                        Introduced by the top experienced inbound professors from Hubspot, here you will get a comprehensive knowledge of Social media marketing.

                                        From understanding how to build relationships on different social media platforms to creating a perfect strategy to engage them, leveraging the benefits of social advertising, and analyzing your social media ROI, this course will bring out the best out of you.

                                        b. Write Professional Emails in English by Coursera

                                        This online course will be the right weapon to look into the differences and similarities between different email styles, improve your English writing skills, write effective subject lines, maintain the formality tone in emails, and more to make a powerful impact on the receivers with your email.

                                        c. Ninja Writing: The Four Levels of Writing Mastery

                                        Founded by Udemy, this online course will excel your skills to build a masterpiece everytime you write.

                                        Here, you will get the guidance from the editors of the top newspapers and websites, and understand what kind of words and tone to use for leaving a spellbinding impact on the readers.

                                        3. Launch Your Own Software or Hardware Equipment

                                        a. Hardware and Software Courses by Coursera

                                        From Big Data to IoT, Sensor Circuit Design, Embedded Software and Hardware Architecture, and Motor Control Circuit, this course will give you a glimpse of all the hardware devices, equipment, and programming languages to build wonders.

                                        b. Free Software and Web Development Certifications Online by Alison

                                        Become the software developer market demands with Alison’s Java, C#, Python, R, PHP, or MySQL database course. From backend to frontend development and software testing.

                                        The course helps you to learn how to design, develop and test software and working in a team while contributing to the team success.

                                        c. Free Online Software Development and MOOCs Course by Class Central

                                        The Class Central online course will make you a master of software development. Here, you will learn the basic concepts of development like Agile, Design Patterns, and Version Control with Git, along with gaining experience of working with the top programming languages.

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                                        4. Live and Breathe Creativity

                                        a. Udemy: Introduction to Graphic Design

                                        It is a top-rated program for the new learners and designers to explore the Graphic Design world.

                                        From the history of communication to the design principles, the course will help the students to learn everything specifically and implement in the real world.

                                        b. Canva Design School

                                        From a beginner to advanced level, this course will provide you with an elaborated and comprehensive knowledge of graphic design. In the form of 4 modules, this course will help the interested graphic designers to try out their skills at Graphics, ranging from fonts to colors, backgrounds, images, shapes, and layouts.

                                        c. Microsoft Word – Basic & Advanced

                                        62 personalized lessons, premium video tutorials, and unlimited tests and quizzes – this certified course has everything that will make your entry to the business world easier.

                                        d. Microsoft Office: Word, Excel and Access Productivity Bundle

                                        The course will make you productive in Word, Excel, and Access through video lectures, articles, and various other supplemental resources.

                                        Besides, it will offer you exclusive tips and tricks to enhance your skills at using Microsoft office.

                                        5. Raise Your Reflexes to IT Troubleshooting

                                        a. IT Troubleshooting Skill Training by Udemy

                                        IT Troubleshooting Skill Training will upgrade your logical concepts over technical components to find and repair faults.

                                        It will provide you with a methodological approach to learn the basics of troubleshooting, practice them via exercises and drills, and enhance your IT troubleshooting intelligence.

                                        b. IT Help Desk Online Course on Lynda

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                                        The Lynda’s IT troubleshooting online course will train you how to respond to the issues related to Windows 10, Office 365, JIRA software, and more, from a local as well as a remote location.

                                        Mobile Apps and Websites to Enhance Computer Skills

                                        The aforementioned online courses will undoubtedly train you for a successful career ahead. But, in case you want a long-term support, turn towards the following websites and mobile apps:

                                        • Duolingo – Duolingo app will improve your spoken and written communication skills in different languages. With the magic of gamification added to the study, the app will make learning a fun and addictive task.
                                        • Hemingway – Hemingway app defines the length, complexity, and common errors associated with the sentences. In this way, it helps you to write effectively and go ahead in the career.
                                        • Udemy – The Udemy, with its 2000+ courses, is a great platform to master new skills, advance your career and explore the newer technologies and programming languages. Enrol a course as per your budget and make a brighter future.
                                        • eDX – eDX is yet another commendable platform you can look forward to. The platform offers you the best of the tutorials prepared by the business professionals and technology experts, ensuring a great boost in your computer skills.
                                        • Excel Easy – Excel Easy, as the name depicts, will make working with Excel easier for you via their detailed tutorials and 300+ real-life examples.
                                        • GCF LearnFree.org – It is a one-stop platform for accelerating your future in the computer world. From graphic design to Microsoft Office, resume writing, enhancing adaptability, and much more, the top experts will guide you with everything on this platform.
                                        • QuarkXPress – The QuarkXPress will aid you to add soul to your design with its unparalleled collection of font style, size, and typography. The best part is that it is avails all the options in different languages, including English, Spanish, German, French, and Italian to name a few.

                                        Bonus: Tips to Accelerate Your Approach For a Better Career Ahead

                                        Though these resources will make you stand out from the crowd and get hired at once, you need to focus on various other things, such as:

                                        1. Practice, Practice, Practice

                                        It is common to forget what we learn. To ensure that you do not miss any opportunity just because you forgot, keep practising.

                                        Make it your routine. Polish your computer skills and you will surely end up getting an offer letter from a recognized firm.

                                        2. Work on Your Efficiency

                                        Remembering what you learned is not enough; practice to enhance those skills to do better.

                                        For example, if you take around 50 minutes to create a design, target for 40 minutes.

                                        3. Look for Shortcuts

                                        Smart work rules over hard work more often. So, look forward to learning shortcuts to do any task. This will increase your chances to crack an interview and get selected.

                                        4. Apply for an Internship

                                        Last but not the least, apply for an internship to see what’s trending in the market and how much you are ready for it. While doing an internship, pay attention to your weak points and work on them. This will ensure a success when you apply for your dream job.

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                                        The Bottom Line

                                        Seeing the current market scenario, it is evident that having computer skills is a boon for a better career ahead.

                                        So, rather than struggling with thousands of other things and trying to crack interviews, focus on the computer skills mentioned in this article. Utilize the resources and experts’ tips shared and look forward to having a successful and prosperous future.

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