Spotify Devices — iPod, iPhone, and Android - dummies

Spotify Devices — iPod, iPhone, and Android

By Kim Gilmour

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:

  • iPod: You can plug your iPod into your computer and use Spotify to sync your locally stored music files to it. You can sync music to your iPod classic, iPod nano, or iPod shuffle without having to use the iTunes music software. After you connect your iPod to your computer, it appears in the Spotify sidebar — just like it does in iTunes.

  • iPhone and Android: Connecting your iPhone, iPod touch, or Android device to the same Wi-Fi (wireless Internet connection) as your computer lets you sync local tracks from your computer to your phone and play them through the Spotify Mobile app — all without cables.

    You need to have the Spotify Mobile app installed on to your device first. Premium subscribers can also use this option to sync tracks from Spotify’s streaming library for offline listening.

When syncing to your iPod classic, shuffle, or nano, you can copy over only the local music files stored on your computer (just like you do in iTunes). If you want to listen to music from Spotify’s streaming library, you either need to buy the tracks as MP3 files first or upgrade to Spotify Premium and use a compatible mobile device running the Spotify Mobile app to sync files.