There’s a lot of music streaming platforms and apps out there, and each comes with hundreds of features.
This is one of the main reasons most of us tend to use the most basic functionality, thereby missing out on the opportunity to explore and make the most of an app’s fullest potential. I for one sometimes struggle to discover what the hype was about as soon as I get an app, and it’s mostly because I never take the liberty of navigating beyond basic use.
But just like you tailor your mobile phone to make using it easier and suited specifically to your tastes, why not find new and interesting ways to format your favourite apps and increase your entertainment pleasure?
With a catalogue of over 35 million tracks across a host of different music genres, to use, Spotify is every music fan’s dream. To ensure you’re getting the most from the service, Spotify has a few tips to enhance your listening experience:
- It’s free!
You can access Spotify’s full catalogue, including expertly curated playlists for every moment, and personalised playlists just for you, as well as create your own playlists for free. You can also upgrade to Spotify Premium for an enhanced experience and offline listening for R59.99 per month.
- Create collaborative playlists
Just like fighting for the television remote or the AUX cable during a car ride, deciding what’s best to watch or listen to can be a nightmare. What better way to solve this than to share a playlist? You can create a collaborative playlist that everyone can add their favourite songs to. Problem solved!
- Filter your searches
So often we search for an artist and end up with results that are nothing we wanted. Did you know that you can focus your artist search on Spotify by using the word ‘NOT’ in your search? Like this: “Prodigy NOT The Prodigy” – so your search would be filtered down to Mobb Deep’s rapper Prodigy, and not the electronic dance group The Prodigy. You can do the same with songs that have similar titles.
- Find new gems
If your playlist runs out and you don’t know what else to take a listen to, simply hit the Browse button. That will give you access to charts, new releases and recommendations under Discover, personalised just for you. There’s also a weekly New Music Friday South Africa playlist featuring the latest local and international artists.
- Get more than just music
You can stream more than just music on Spotify. Perhaps a podcast while you finish some chores could get you by? Spotify has a host of podcasts including The Daily Show’s Ears Edition for something light-hearted or find out best to use social media through The Science Of Social Media and much more. There’s also a comedy section with the best picks from top comedians.
- Hide your sessions
We all have those secret hits (yes, Hanson’s Mmmbop), that we don’t want our friends to know we didn’t leave back in 1997. If you don’t want your secret listening pleasures exposed to the world, simply change your account setting to private. Click the drop-down next to your profile and select Private Session and voila!