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Spotify is one of the most popular music apps in the world. But are you taking full advantage of its capabilities? Here are a few ways you can use Spotify’s features to improve your music streaming experience.

Crossfade & Transitions

If you enjoy listening to songs without abrupt cuts or transitions, you should consider toggling some of Spotify’s playback settings. Go to Preferences and scroll down to “Playback.”

One option you might see is “Allow smooth transitions between songs in a playlist.” When you’re listening to some albums, you’ll notice that artists have deliberately ordered tracks to make the transitions between them seamless. The setting replicates that effect in playlists and provides a more continuous listening experience.

Also, you can enable crossfade, which adds a fading effect between tracks that you’re playing. For example, if you set your crossfade to 5-seconds, track A will start fading out in the last 5 seconds of its runtime while track B is beginning to play.

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Audio Customization

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Spotify has a few audio customization features that ensure you’re getting your ideal listening experience. Here are the ones you should customize:

  • Streaming and Download Quality: This allows you to customize the quality of the audio output. Higher quality songs tend to consume more storage space and data bandwidth, while lower quality music tends to be less clear, especially at high volume.
  • Normalize Audio: This sets a consistent output across all the audio you play in Spotify, whether it’s music or podcasts. This setting helps give you a more consistent listening experience and ensures you’re not constantly fiddling with your device’s volume.
  • Volume Level: This adjusts the maximum volume level across all your tracks. You can set it to “Loud” if your environment is particularly noisy.

To access all of these settings, go to the settings or preferences menu, and you’ll find them under “Audio Quality.”

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Collaborative and Blended Playlists

Planning to have a road trip soon and want to make sure that your car playlist has something in it for everyone? You can turn any playlist into a group effort by accessing the context menu and toggling “Collaborative playlist.” You can then send the link to your friends, and they can edit, add, and rearrange the tracks there. You’ll also be able to see who added each track to it. However, collaborators won’t be able to change the name or cover of the playlist.

Another recently introduced feature is blending, which allows you to create a playlist with one of your friends. It uses an algorithm where you and your friend overlap in terms of musical taste and generates a playlist you’d both enjoy. Getting started with Blended playlists is easy.

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Playlist Folders

Spotify doesn’t have the best music organizational system. Playlists still can’t be tagged or sorted that well, and the mobile apps need some work. However, one feature that will help you keep your tracks organized is playlist folders.

It’s a desktop-only feature that allows you to put playlists under different custom folders, similar to how files work. You can organize your folders by genre, mood, and location, then add each playlist into these folders. For example, you might want a folder filled with exercise music, but you have different playlists for various types of workouts. That’s when playlist folders come in handy. You can also play an entire folder’s music using the Spotify desktop app.

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Music Discovery

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One of Spotify’s biggest strengths as a music streaming service is how easy it is to discover new songs. There are tons of great music discovery features that you can use to augment your current library. One of these features is “Enhance,” which allows you to discover new tracks that might best fit one of your existing playlists. You can learn more about the enhance feature here.

Another is “Discover Weekly,” a playlist automatically generated for each account by Spotify’s algorithm every week, which you can find by going to the browse page. This playlist is generated based on your recent listening habits. If you’ve recently been listening to a lot of folk rock, you can expect to find more songs from that genre.

Another is the radio system. It allows you to select any song, album, playlist, or artist and automatically generate a playlist of similar music. You can access this by clicking the three-dot button next to the music element you want as the foundation of the radio and selecting “Go to Radio” in the context menu. If you want to learn more about discovering new music on Spotify, you can find our guide here.

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Private Listening and Private Playlists

If you have a lot of friends on Spotify, but you don’t want them to see the music you’re listening to, you might want to use two features: private listening and hiding playlists from your profile.

To start a private listening session, open Settings and go to the Socials section. Here you’ll find the “Start a Private Session.” Beginning a session will hide your current listening habits from their activity feed. You can then turn this off if you want people to know what you’re playing. You can also permanently disable activity sharing by toggling off the “Share my listening activity on Spotify” setting.

By default, playlists that you make are public and will be added to your profile. That means if someone goes to your account on Spotify, they’ll find all the playlists you’ve ever made. To hide these playlists, right-click or open the context menu and select “Remove From Profile.” You can also disable public playlist sharing by toggling off “Make My New Playlists Public” in the Social settings.

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