With Spotify® celebrating its first anniversary in Canada, most of us are already pretty familiar with the 75-million-user-strong Swedish music-streaming service. But what you might not know is how to take advantage of one of its greatest features: playlists.
A playlist, as you’d expect, is a collection of songs, typically with a specific theme or mood. You can create your own or pick from over 1.5 billion playlists already on Spotify. What makes them special on Spotify is how they can be shared with the rest of the world via the service’s community and platforms like Facebook. In fact, Spotify’s most popular playlists can actually help launch an artist’s career – as happened when Napster co-founder and Spotify investor Sean Parker added Lorde’s “Royals” to his heavily followed Hipster International playlist in 2013.
The steps below explain how to create your own playlist, share it and search for other people’s playlists on mobile, desktop and tablet.
1. To make a playlist, just click the New Playlist button near the bottom left corner of the window. An editable text box will appear in your list of playlists. Type in a name and voilà: playlist created.
2. Now let’s add some music. This is the fun part. Simply enter an artist, track, album or even mood into the search box to find music that fits your playlist’s theme and then drag them onto the playlist you created. Fill it up with as few or as many songs as you like. It’s entirely up to you.
3. Time to share your playlist. Right click on it and choose Share from the pop-up menu. Type a short description of your playlist into the text box that pops up and click Share. That’s it. You can also share your playlist via your social channels if you’ve connected your account to Facebook and Twitter, or just copy the playlist link from the same menu to send via email or text.
4. Playlist creation is just one side of the coin. You can search Spotify’s curated playlists to match every mood and moment by selecting Browse – Genres & Moods. You can also follow playlists created by other people for quick access. If you happen to know the name of a playlist you like, type it into the search box and hit enter. All playlists matching your query will pop up. Open one, click Follow and it’ll appear under your list of playlists. If the number of playlists you follow starts to become overwhelming, you can sort them into folders.
5. Don’t know the names of any playlists? Try searching for music you like instead. Click the Playlists button just above the returned results and you’ll find several playlists that include the music you queried. Follow Step 4 to add any that look interesting to your collection.
6. Every Monday, Spotify will build a playlist just for you based on your listening behaviour and what other users like you are listening to. It’s called Discover Weekly and you’ll find it on Your Library under Playlists. Check it out.
Stream fave playlists and more for free on Spotify. You can also opt for Spotify Premium to download music: subscriptions start at $9.99 a month, or if you have an eligible Share Everything™ plan, you can sign up for up to three accounts for free. Standard data charges apply.