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Delete Tracks from the Last.fm Library from Spotify

After you send a track to Last.fm from Spotify, that track gets added to your Last.fm Library — essentially a database of tracks you’ve listened to. It’s no big deal if you forgot to uncheck the scrobble [more…]

Navigate the Spotify Window

The Spotify screens look virtually the same for both the Mac and a PC, apart from the menu bar running at the top — on the Mac, this menu bar runs at the top of your desktop screen, rather than in the [more…]

Spotify Radio and Play Queue

Click the Spotify Radio left sidebar option to open the radio station in the main Spotify pane. In Spotify Radio, you can listen to random tracks from the last few decades [more…]

Spotify Devices — iPod, iPhone, and Android

You can connect your devices to your computer and use Spotify to sync local tracks. In Spotify, if you select Devices in the left sidebar, two prompts appear: [more…]

How to Download Tracks with Spotify

Listeners on Spotify Free accounts can stream a song only five times without being prompted to pay for it (this restriction kicks in after six months of using the service). To encourage people to buy tracks [more…]

Play, Skip, and Pause Tracks with Spotify

Playback buttons appear at the bottom of your Spotify screen to help you play, pause, jump back to the previous track, and skip to the next track. You also get a timeline that tells you how far into a [more…]

The Spotify Cache

The Spotify cache is an area on your computer that stores temporary versions of your tracks, as well as fragments of tracks. Spotify draws on the music in your cache, delivering it not only to you on your [more…]

Spotify and Proxy Servers

When you connect to the Internet, you may sometimes need to go through a proxy server — a computer system that sits between you and the Internet. Proxies are commonplace in schools, colleges, and workplaces [more…]

Artists and Albums Not Available on Spotify

Despite its sheer amount of music, some very high-profile artists and albums still aren’t on Spotify. Either they’ve chosen not to be included or the record labels have, for whatever reason, opted not [more…]

Spotify Restrictions Vary by Country

Some bands’ albums are available in certain Spotify countries and not in others. The complex agreements Spotify has with record labels restrict play of some songs in selected countries. Spotify says the [more…]

Spotify's Play Queue and History

The Play Queue, an option on the Spotify main sidebar, is a neat little feature that tells you what Spotify’s going to play next. Just click the Play Queue button to access the Play Queue page, which displays [more…]

The Genres of Spotify

Whether it’s hard rock, techno, pop, jazz, industrial, indie pop, folk, classical, heavy metal, waltz, or whatever else takes your fancy, Spotify has the [more…]

How to Read Artist Profiles on Spotify

When you click an artist’s name on Spotify, her Artist page opens (PJ Harvey’s profile is shown here). An Artist page is divided into several tabs: [more…]

Artist Radio on Spotify

Click the Artist Radio tab on Spotify to bring up the Artist Radio page. Say you’re a fan of the Rolling Stones but want to listen to other similar stuff. No problem. Spotify can create a radio station [more…]

How to Sign Up for Last.fm for Spotify

The process of sending tracks to Last.fm is called scrobbling. You can scrobble from within Spotify by entering your Last.fm username and password on your Preferences page and selecting the Scrobble to [more…]

Last.fm Recommendations for Spotify

Last.fm can make amazing recommendations for your Spotify listening because it has 40 million active users, and more than 50 billion tracks have been scrobbled! With all this information, it can very precisely [more…]

Find New Music with Last.fm and Spotify

Restricting yourself to listening to music that sounds like what you already like can be dull — if you want to break out of that mold, Spotify can help. When you use Last.fm with iTunes, you're restricted [more…]

Instantly Import Your Local Files to Spotify

Spotify automatically scans a range of folders in your computer’s hard drive and indexes the music it finds. Click Local Files on the left sidebar in the Spotify window to see them all in the Spotify window’s [more…]

Spotify's What's New Page

Spotify's What’s New option on the left-hand sidebar opens the What’s New page in the main pane. This page has completely changed in recent releases so it reflects the music you and your friends have been [more…]

Spotify Playback Preferences

Some of the listening options available in the Spotify Preferences pane depend on what kind of Spotify subscription you have, as well as whether you have a Mac or PC. [more…]

How Spotify Playlists Work

A playlist is a group of tracks that you can save and listen to at your leisure. Give your Spotify playlist a name, add a selection of tracks to it, and there you have it — your very own playlist. Okay [more…]

Special Searches in Spotify

Spotify lets you search parameters to help you narrow down your results from more than 15 million to just a few handfuls. These parameters are (in order of importance) [more…]

Refine and Combine Searches in Spotify

You can further refine your search results in Spotify by including different types of queries in one single search. Spotify recognizes common advanced search syntaxes, including [more…]

How to Mix Your Own Spotify Playlist

A Spotify playlist’s theme is limited only by your own imagination. For example, you could put together a playlist that evokes memories of a backpacking trip throughout Europe in 2000 and then a move to [more…]

How to Make an Album into a Spotify Playlist

About a third of Spotify playlists are actually entire albums. It’s painless to create a playlist dedicated to just one album. Why would you need to do this? On Spotify, you can’t bookmark an artist on [more…]

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