The recently updated Spotify Premium boasts a streamlined design with only three buttons at the bottom of the app for navigating its wares. I don’t miss the jettisoned Browse and Radio buttons (after figuring out where their functionality wandered off to) since I spent most of my time with the Home, Search and My Library buttons anyway. Even with the updated design, navigating a catalog of more than 35 million songs is no small task. Get more out of Spotify and find what you are looking for faster with these tips.
Where radio went to
The radio function now hides behind the triple-dot button on an artist or album page, or next to a song in search results. Just tap the … button in the top right of an artist or album page or to the right of a song in search results and then tap Go to radio. In addition, you will find new artist radio playlists when you search for an artist. On the search results page for an artist, scroll down to the Featuring section of playlists and you’ll find one labeled as the artist’s Radio. These artist radio playlists are personalized to your listening habits and can be downloaded for offline use. (Also, all of the browsing options that were previously under the Browse button are now stashed in Search.)
Use your voice
You can talk to the mobile app and ask it to play a song, artist, album, playlist, genre or just something you might like. Long press the Search button and ask Spotify to play you some music. It’s the fastest way to get to your music.
Scrub tracks on the iOS lock screen and Control Center
This one is iOS-only. Spotify offers song scrubbing from the iOS lock screen and Control Center. Now, if you want to jump to a different spot in the song that’s playing, you don’t need to open the app but can use the slider at the top of the lock screen or Control Center to scrub through a song.
View album or artist info
If you like what you are hearing and want to hear more from that artist, there’s a quick way to jump to more songs from that artist without needing to search. From the Now Playing panel, tap the triple-dot button along the right edge below the album artwork, scroll down and tap View Album or View Artist. The former is great if you stumble across a great song in a playlist and want to check out the album on which that song appears. The latter is great when you discover new songs from artists you don’t know and want find out more about these new or new-to-you artists and see the other music they have released.
Save your Discover Weekly playlists
The Discover Weekly playlist might be my favorite thing about Spotify. Each Monday, Spotify delivers 30 songs it thinks I might like, but every Monday my previous Discover Weekly playlist goes poof! Thankfully, there’s an IFTTT appletthat will automatically save your Discover Weekly playlists each week. Set up the applet and it’ll create a Discover Weekly Archive playlist and save your 30 Discover Weekly songs to it each week.
Save your Shazams to a playlist
Shazam was the first app that blew my mind on my first iPhone ($1,157 at Amazon Marketplace). I’m still amazed by it. Also amazing? If you connect the Shazam app to Spotify, each of your Shazams will be saved to a new playlist in Spotify called My Shazam Tracks. You can also do the same for SoundHound…..Read More>>>