Manage the Music in Your Spotify Library - dummies

Manage the Music in Your Spotify Library

By Kim Gilmour

To get to the Library view, click the Library symbol (shaped like a house) in Spotify to access all tracks, including ones you’ve added to a playlist, imported from your computer, or bought from Spotify’s in-house digital music store. All your tracks are likely a mixture of both local tracks and tracks streamed from Spotify’s Library.

A permanent Filter text box appears at the top of this view, which you can use to narrow the tracks displayed by typing the name of what you want to narrow your view to.

When Spotify first debuted, it didn’t allow you to create folders for playlists, which was very annoying because all your playlists appeared in a list down the left sidebar in one long scroll. That’s all sorted out now, thank goodness.

It’s easy to create folders and subfolders into which you can place your tracks. But how can you arrange these folders and playlists in a meaningful way? Here are some suggestions about how to make the listening experience easier:

  • Arrange folders by composer; handy for classical music fans because many different artists may play the same song.

  • Create alphabetical folders (A, B, C, and so on), and then subfolders that contain artist names within these folders.

  • For filing albums, you can use a hierarchical arrangement similar to what iTunes uses for its Library — a main artist folder, which includes album subfolders that contain tracks filed within these subfolders.

  • Create folders by year (1994 and 1997 were good years for music), with album subfolders in these year folders, or playlists dedicated to the best songs from those years.

  • Make playlists stand out from the crowd. Use capital letters (LIKE SHOUTING), asterisks, dashes, or anything that can make your favorite folders and playlists shine from the rest.