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

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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.

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                                        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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                                        Last Updated on November 25, 2021

                                        How to Make Private Browsing on Safari Truly Private

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                                        How to Make Private Browsing on Safari Truly Private

                                        There comes a time when we may be searching online and don’t want the browser to remember our footsteps. The reasons don’t always have to be what we obviously think of as the main reason; for example, sometimes, you may not want Safari to remember your passwords or prompt you to enter your password when surfing the web.

                                        Whatever the reason, we may think that we are totally in the clear with Private Browsing on Safari and the other browsers on a Mac. However, a quick Terminal command can bring up every website you’ve visited. How do you do this? Also, how do you clear your tracks for good? We will provide both answers and more today.

                                          What Does Private Browsing Do?

                                          When activated, Private Browsing on Safari prevents your browsing history from being kept in the history tab of the application. Along with this, it doesn’t autofill information that you have saved in the browser. In this mode, you essentially become incognito and any references of previous use is essentially hidden when you are in private mode.

                                          For example: if you are on Facebook or filling out a form and some information or your login is already filled in in the spaces provided, this is called autofill. It’s activated by simply clicking Safari next to the Apple symbol in the menubar and selecting Private Browsing, then clicking “OK” to the prompt.

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                                          The reasons behind private mode differ for each individual. While we won’t go into all of those reasons, one thing that is  important to remember is that private browsing doesn’t forget the websites you visit. As we will see later on, Macs keep a second copy of the websites you visit in either mode. If you are in frantic mode looking for a solution to this, look no further.

                                          The Terminal Archive

                                          While Safari does a good job of keeping your search history out of prying eyes in the history tab, there is a less-than-obvious way to view a full list of visited websites on Mac. This is done in Terminal; the command-line emulator that allows you to make changes to your Mac.

                                          Terminal is located in the Utilities folder on your Mac. Once activated, simply add the command:

                                          dscacheutil -cachedump -entries Host

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                                          Once you hit “enter”, a list of the visited sites appear. Showing only the domains, the sites appear in a format of:

                                          Key: h_name :(website domain)ipv4 :1

                                          However, there’s no need to fear—there is a way you can clear this information from Terminal with a command that’s just as simple.

                                          Clearing Your Tracks

                                          Just as simply as you were able to enter the command to view the websites, you can clear the cache that Terminal showed you with the comamnd:

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                                          dscacheutil -flushcache

                                          As the command denotes, this literally “flushes” the domains from Terminal. This does not prevent the record from continuing to be recorded for future sites, however, so if that’s an issue for you, repeat this process regularly.

                                          Other Browsers and Private Browsing

                                          Other browsers have this form of privacy mode for their service. They promise many of the same things as Safari, but they do not have the same Terminal issue due to how this command only presents websites visited on Safari (the browser Macs come shipped with).

                                          If you use Firefox, you’ll notice that its private mode is also known as Private Browsing. Chrome calls private mode Incognito, while Internet Explorer refers to it as InPrivate Browsing. Opera is the newest to the scene, denoting it as Private Tab. Safari is the oldest well-known browser with this feature.

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                                          As you can see, despite Private Browsing not being 100% private, Terminal allows for your browser to be. In what ways has Terminal helped your life or allowed you to become more productive? Let us know in the comments below.

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