Spotify is one of those services, that from the day you download, unpack and install it you use it constantly. What suited types call a “game-changer”. And they’re right.
Spotify is a service that most people will use for months without really thinking about it, without exploring it’s amazing and various tricks.
So I thought I’d try and show you what’s out there to make your Spotify experience better.
1. Shortcuts. How about the interface itself? As a hardened Spotify user, you’ll want to know the shortcuts.
Well here they are. Windows / Mac
Volume up: Control-Up / Command-Up
Volume down: Control-Down / Command-Down
Mute: Control-Shift-Down / Command-Shift-Down
Next song: Control-Right / Control-Command-Right
Previous song: Control-Left / Control-Command-Left
New playlist: Control-N / Command-N
Cursor to the search box: Control-L / Command-L
Play and pause: Spacebar /
Back: Alt-Left / Command-[
Forward: Alt-Right / Command-] Logout: Control-Shift-W / Command-Shift-W
2. Clever search. Your can search by year like this, year:1992 you then get the most popular songs from that year. The top three for 1992, if you’re interested are Under The Bridge — Red Hot Chili Peppers, Killing In The Name Of — RATM, Bed Of Roses — Bon Jovi.
3. Share via your social networks. Those kind sorts at Spotify wiggled this little feature in without much ceremony. But right click on songs or playlists now, and under Share to you’ll find options to share directly to your Facebook, Twitter or Delicious accounts. Neat right? I had a friend who was still copying and pasting the http link, what a shmuck!
4. Spotify URLs. They are long cumbersome motherlovers. And we all love a good short URL, we can tweet them easier can’t we? And we love Tweeting stuff. Sadly not everyone has Spotify, so it’s kind of harsh to mock them with a link to a playlist they can’t get to. A real nice way to warn people that the link they’re about to hit is a Spotify one is using a Spotify centred URL shortening service.
5. Share. There are lots of cool sites to share your playlist magic, here are five:
6. Party playlists. Because the iTunes Genius function is about as much of a genius as a particularly slow cabbage — why does it love The Smiths so much? What is that? Does anyone else know where I’m coming from? Anyway, yeah — so you’ve got a party coming up. And obviously your friends are pretty serious about they’re music what with them being dead cool, (obviously, they’re your friends) they’re going to want good music. So you throw it open give everyone three vetos and watch the list take shape. Note: If Sledgehammer by Peter Gabriel doesn’t make the list at some point you’re doing it wrong.
7. Link to a particular time in a song. When pasting a URI just add #02:69 and it’ll jump to 2.69 time in the song, useful for showing people when Celine Dion says “hot dogs” in that Titanic song. Oh go on then. Or for better reasons like this, the greatest, simplest drum fill ever. (Note: Clicking this link will open Spotify… eventually)
8. Drag and drop. We all know you can copy and paste the http link, but did you know you can simply drag and drop playlists, songs, and albums straight into most instant messengers, email clients and URL shorteners. Check that.
9. Add-ons. There are quite a few Spotify add-ons appearing these days. My favourite is Spotify Search for Firefox, highlight a band’s name in the text of a webpage, right click, and all of sudden search Spotify is an option. Lets face it, highlighting cmd-c, cmd-shift, cmd-v — that’s a bit too much like work.
10. Get playlist happy. More and more music blogs and networks are utilising Spotify to get music out to the masses. DiS’s Spotifriday, for example, is a weekly Spotify list really gathering pace. They’re out there. Let’s go find them and listen to them until our ears fall off! Who’s with me? Whoot!