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Spotify mention · July 30, 2018

Our Favorite Zaps: Manage Your Music and Podcasts Automatically

People who use Zapier usually want to make their working lives more productive. But sometimes, people leverage the service to automate aspects of their personal lives, too. It's this personal use case angle that got me thinking about how I could use Zapier to manage music and podcasts in...read more
Spotify update · July 13, 2018

New for Our Spotify Integration: Create Collaborative Playlists

Spotify Playlists are a great way to pull your favorite songs together. Want to build a digital mixtape with your friends? Zapier's newly updated Spotify Create Playlist action now lets you make collaborative playlists that let others join in the curation fun. It's a great way to build...read more
Spotify update · October 7, 2016

New App: Create Playlists and Save New Tracks with Spotify

Curating the perfect playlist takes careful consideration, whether you need tunes for a morning jog or a midnight dance party. With Spotify, music fans have access to a millions of songs right at their fingertips. You can discover new music, share favorite tracks, jam to ready-made playlists, or get personalized...read more
Stephanie Gonzaga
Written by Stephanie GonzagaLast updated December 12, 2016

How we listen to music has changed dramatically over the years. From radio to recordings, we only slowly gained the ability to play any song we wanted. During the Winamp and Realplayer days, you could only listen to recordings saved to your computer. There were no streaming, music sharing, and generated music recommendations. There were no friends lists or community-made playlists to grab song titles from. This all changed when apps like Apple’s iTunes, Amazon Music, and Spotify emerged to allow anyone around the world to purchase, listen, and stream music.

Spotify has particularly grown in popularity thanks to how easy it is to discover and stream your favorite songs on the app. Anyone with an internet connection can search for the latest singles, playlists, and track radio stations anytime, anywhere. You’re no longer limited to just one album or song at a time, and you can share your favorite songs and playlists with friends and family.

The first step is to sign up for a Spotify account. You can go the free route where you can enjoy your favorite songs, playlists, and albums with occasional ads in between. Or, you can subscribe early on for Premium, which enables you to play higher-quality songs on-demand, listen offline, and enjoy an ad-free experience—which is what we’ll look at in this review.

Spotify’s design and interface is consistent whether you’re listening through the web player or the desktop app. The Browse section is a good place to start fresh where you can check out curated playlists, global and national charts, genres and moods, and new releases. After two weeks of use, Spotify releases a new playlist called Discover Weekly for your week-by-week recommendations. The selections are based on your listening history and that of other Spotify users with similar tastes, so the longer you use Spotify, the more accurate the recommendations. You’ll get to listen a new batch of songs every Monday.

Playing a song brings up the music player, which gives you control over volume, playback, and the play queue. On the web app, the player appears on the right hand side of the screen with a list of related music at the bottom. On the desktop app, the player appears at the bottom of the screen to make room for the friend feed. When enabled, the friend feed lets you know if a friend is online and what they’re currently listening to—something only currently available in Spotify’s mobile and desktop apps.

Your saved songs and playlists are displayed under the Your Music section of the app. Here, you can listen to saved songs and create and manage your playlists. You can add a playlist to the play queue, rename it, make it public, share its Spotify link, or turn it into a radio station for people to tune in. What’s great about these features is how music can become a shared social experience where people of similar tastes can enjoy and share their favorite songs all over the world.

Spotify Radio is another feature that allows you to select and listen to music you love. Rather than listening to multitudes of songs from different albums and artists, you can choose to listen songs from a single artist, genre, or from Spotify’s list of recommended stations. The best part is being able to add your own unique touch by personalizing your radio stations. Just give a track a thumbs up and the station improves its selection based on your feedback.

Spotify is an intelligent music player where your listening choices influence its ability to recommend the best songs for you, helping you listen to your favorite songs and discover the things you’ll fall in love with next. And with its built-in social features, you can easily share your discoveries and favorites with family, friends, and fellow music lovers around the world.

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