Spotify Hacks You Need in Your Life

Some of Spotify's hidden features can make your life a lot easier when using the app | © Kulinetto/Pixabay
Some of Spotify's hidden features can make your life a lot easier when using the app | © Kulinetto/Pixabay
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Tech Editor19 January 2018

Spotify has revolutionized the way we listen to music, and whether its directly or indirectly, we all listen to our favorite tunes through the music streaming service every now and then. For those who use Spotify regularly, there’s a whole host of hacks that can make your audio experience so much better.

Run to the beat of your music

A lot of people have their own set of music they listen to on Spotify while jogging, but not as many know that there is a special Spotify running playlist, which selects songs based on your phone’s accelerometer to try and match your steps per minute. All the motivation you need to keep running.

Spotify’s running playlist is timed to work with your steps | © Skeeze/Pixabay

Link your Shazam

If you’re an avid user of Shazam, the app that listens to a song and identifies it, you should know that you can link your Shazam and Spotify accounts. This means that any song you’ve looked up via Shazam will appear on a Spotify playlist.

Shazam can be linked with Spotify | © StockSnap/Pixabay

Making Premium cheaper

If you’re tired of the Spotify ads—which may be the most annoying on the internet—but you’re too broke to afford the subscription which does away with them, there are ways to make them cheaper. Most people don’t realize, for example, that there’s a student pricing option for people enrolled in a college in the U.S. This deal gives you 50% off the regular price for Spotify Premium, so is well worth the hassle of going through the verification process that you are actually a student. It may also be worth looking into the family plan options and seeing if you can split the cost with friends.

Get crossfading

Who doesn’t love a crossfade? There’s a setting on Spotify that enables crossfading on every single track. Just go to preferences, hit playback, and then move the slider for crossfade, and you’ll never have an awkward pause in between songs ever again.

Make a playlist with a friend

If you’re heading on an adventure with friends or family, you might want to make a playlist for the trip. To avoid arguments, you should probably know if you share a playlist with a friend, they can edit and work on it too, meaning you get an equal say on what the song of your vacation will be. To do this, create a playlist, click on the three dots on the top right of the screen, and hit make collaborative. Then you can click on the share button and give access to as many people as you’d like.

Sharing a Spotify playlist is actually easier than this | © Spotify

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