We're happy to have moved on from times when we used to go through sketchy websites to download songs. Today, the world has moved on to streaming websites. And despite the fact that there are several new players in the market, we find ourselves returning to Spotify.
The live-streaming music website launched for Indians back in 2018, and it gradually found its fans in a pirated-content loving audience. In fact, it also convinced most of us to buy premium and get onboard with the trend of actually paying for the music we like. Since all of that was a slow, developing trend, music-lovers found themselves discovering new genres and artists on Spotify -- thereby expanding the live-streaming universe.
What sets Spotify apart is its user-friendly interface and customisation that reaches out to its audience with a personalised touch. Its AI-based customisation delivers what the users want right into their hands, and we couldn't help but marvel at that feature! However, the app is a lot smarter than its customised music and focussed playlists. But we don't blame you if you're not well-versed with most of its features! If you're ever in doubt about what this app can do, we have it covered in the list below:
What if we could tell you that you can create a collaborated playlist with your friends? No, this is not a hoax! There's always a specific mood for a specific playlist, so for the times you can't remember a song, know that your friend will always be there to fill it in for you. All you have to do is Right-click on the playlist you want to build, select Collaborative Playlist -- and that's it! So the next time you're on a road trip, know that there will be no arguments and only music on your journey.
And it's only fair that you do, right? For instance, you may or may not want to listen to Kanye West because you don't necessarily agree with his views or his music. So, how do you stop him from appearing in all the popular playlists that you like? The way you follow artists, you can also choose to unfollow or hide the artist once you click on their profile on Spotify. Visit their profile page and click on the three dots on the top right corner. There you will find an option that says Don't Play This. That's all it takes to never hear from them again (do you see what we did there?). Of course, skipping the song would do the trick, but making these changes allows Spotify to tailor their algorithm for you a little more accurately. So, you could also consider hiding their suggestions when they're suggested incorrectly. This move would help you get better song suggestions in the long run.
We all have days where we don't want anyone to know we're listening to Justin Bieber. But that doesn't mean we don't! There's an option to listen to your songs on private mode so that your friends and family have no way of knowing that you did. This is especially helpful when you have your Spotify linked with your social media -- or worse -- dating apps! On your profile page, you will see a drop-down menu with your name on it. The menu will show an option of enabling private mode. You will know that it is on after you see it highlighted on your desktop app.
Those who don't know the pain of accidentally deleting the wrong playlist -- hear it from us -- it is unpleasant. More so, if you've spent hours curating it and have wasted precious hours trying to remember the right song for it. However, luckily, there's always a way to recover your deleted playlist on Spotify. All you have to do is visit the Account page and find the Recover Playlists tab. The rest will speak for itself! And if you're the playlist kind, there's also an option to create a folder or pin your favourite playlists on top for better organisation. You can thank us later!
Although this is common knowledge, there are certain playlists that are not very common among listeners. For instance, Spotify allots a Weekly Radar, and that's not for everyone! It includes tracks from artists that you either listen to may listen to in the future. It makes sure to take your suggestions and curate a playlist based on your streaming habits. There's also a separate playlist titled On Repeat and Time Capsule, which contain songs you couldn't get enough of and tracks that could hit you with the right kind of nostalgia. Several other countries have also introduced an option to listen to songs based on your zodiac signs, and we're all for it!
Spotify's features never fail to amaze us. In fact, the easter egg hunt it sends us on helps us get to customise the app for us better. So, the next time you're bored with your usual music and are hoping to get lucky on this app, it might just surprise you with its top-notch AI and present you with new songs! We don't know about you, but we know we're going to use at least a handful of these features daily.