In 2014, I spent 36,168 minutes listening to music on Spotify. (I’m anticipating 2015 to at least triple – since beginning my commute and desk job, I am rarely not listening to something.)
I think it’s safe to say this is my go-to app.
In those tens of thousands of minutes, I learned a thing or two about best practices within the app. So, here are some of my favorite ways to use this gem!
Spotify is a social media.
This means so many things.
You can follow your friends. It is easiest to find friends by connecting your Spotify account to Facebook, and scrolling through your Facebook friends. Trust me, they’re all on Spotify. When you follow someone, you’ll be able to view their public playlists (more on this later). You’ll also receive some updates on what they’re listening to, on a feed similar to the feeds of other social media sites.
On a related note, you can have a “Private Session.” If you want to listen to, like, Nickelback and Carly Rae Jepsen on repeat and are embarrassed.
You can follow celebs, too! So that’s neat. You’ll be notified when they have new albums or tracks available for listening. Guess who I’m subscribed to! (John and Sara, as if you had to ask.)
You can share playlists. A few ways. If you make a playlist public, then anyone can see it. Groundbreaking stuff, I know! What this means is, when people view your profile, they’ll see these playlists and will be able to subscribe to them. You can also send playlists to specific people, and they’ll receive it privately. This is similar to a private message on Facebook or Twitter. It’s also similar to burning a mix CD for a friend and giving it to them IRL circa 2007. Or making someone a mix tape circa… a time long, long ago.
You can send songs, albums, artists and playlists (not just your own) to friends, too. So when ‘N SYNC inevitably reunites and releases an album, I’ll immediately send it to my forever friend, Katie. (Then I’ll probably call her so we can just scream and be fangirls. But I’m digressing.)
So, Spotify is social. You can follow people, you can share music. You can chat about music. You can creep on what your friends are listening to. It’s all so fun!
Spotify is an endless library of amazing tunes.
I never knew how much amazing music was in the world. I mean, I did. But I never had it at my fingertips. There are over 30 MILLION songs on Spotify, with 20,000 added every day. I can’t possibly have enough time to appreciate all of this music. I can’t even begin to grasp it. What a wonderful problem to have.
You know how people fall into “YouTube black holes” where they just keep watching more, and more, and more videos? Try the “Spotify black hole” – it’s a lot of fun.
There are playlists for every taste. Every mood. Every activity.
In the app, click “Browse.” Spotify will highlight a few playlists ideal for that time of day and week. So, for example, “It’s Monday morning – Wake up!” – alongside a list of playlists filled with happy tunes to pep you up. Additionally, you can search for playlists by genre within this section.
Spotify publishes SO many amazing playlists! I promise, you’ll find something that you love. Or a lot of somethings.
Here are a few of my favorites.
For smiling, dancing, singing into a hairbrush:
Spotify Sessions are a thing. And they are incredible.
So, a whole bunch of artists record acoustic, live or just sort of unplugged albums called “Spotify Sessions.” I’m obsessed.
Here are some of my faves:
So, go enjoy Spotify! It’s an amazing tool to find fab new artists, listen to your favorites on repeat and collab with your friends.
Hack Your Commute is a series that will provide tips and tricks to those who wish to truly enjoy their commute.