We have actually already brought you a how-to guide to get started with Spotify (review that first if you don’t know exactly what it is), but now we’re delving a little deeper into the songs streaming software with a look at some tips, tips and tricks that will help you get one of the most of the service.

Have a read below to see 8 terrific means to make your Spotify experience smoother, both within the service and via third-party services. And, as always, do be sure to let us understand in the comments if there are any terrific Spotify individual prompts you have to share.

1. Advanced Search Options
While you’ll likely find tons of music you such as by searching around Spotify‘s click-based system, there will be times you wish to find a certain track and don’t want to muck around with fuzzy searches or the like. That’s where Spotify’s innovative search choices come into their own.

Simple search terms consist of sticking title:, album: and artist: at the front of a text-based search inquiry to limit result in those 3 industries, but you can further fine-tune look for an even more targeted outcome.

If you desired a quick trip down memory lane, you can search year:1999 to bring up tracks tagged with that particular year. Similarly, you can browse an array of years through year:1999 -2004. You can follow the exact same logic to search by genre, so genre: blues will provide you up a large array of blues tracks in a jiffy.

2. Use Keyboard Shortcuts

Those of you proficient in the means of key-board faster ways will be pleased to keep in mind that Spotify has a load that will have you control-clicking quickly around the software in no time at all. While some are the same as you’re already utilized to (e.g cut is control-x or command-x, and paste is the same with v), below are some of the main shortcuts we’ve found helpful, for both Windows PCs and Macs.

3. View All Versions of a Song
Spotify shows a little circular symbol with an arrow below a line when there is more than one variation of a certain song. This feature can be beneficial if you have actually discovered the right song, however the wrong variation.

As an instance, say you search for Bob Dylan’s Girl From The North Country however it’s not the variation you desired with Johnny Cash. If you click the symbol, Spotify will display that variation too, as well as any others it could have in its data source.

This attribute is not perfect– it didn’t group Gary Numan’s remastered variation of Cars in with the various other variations, for instance– but is normally an useful way of finding option, acoustic, live, or radio edit variations of tracks.

4. Enable Last. fm Scrobbling
This one’s not rocket technology, but it is a feature that’s not exactly promoted so we thought it deserving of mention. As with other songs software, like iTunes, et al., Spotify can scrobble the music you are using Spotify to Last. fm (i.e. send it to your Last. fm profile).

It’s super-simple to allow this link-up. Just visit the edit menu from the top-right menu bar, click inclinations, scroll down 3 approximately choices and you’ll see a Last. fm box. If you enter your Last. fm username and password and examine the “Enable scrobbling to Last. fm” button, it will do simply that.

5. Decode Spotify URLs

If you have actually seen somebody tweeting a track, or occurred throughout a Spotify URL that you wonder about however don’t wish to introduce the application (or aren’t on a Spotified computer system) there’s a site that provides “decoding” of such mysterious URL strings.

Head over to http://spotify.url.fi/ and you’ll see a box to enter the text into. As soon as you do, the track or album will be revealed to you. It’s a pretty fundamental website, as you’ll see from the results display grab above, however it works, and will get you the information you require with minimum hassle.

6. Clean Up Your Spotify URLs

Along with decoding them, you can also utilize a device that will get a little more info out of your Spotify URLs Instead of the apparently random string of numbers and letters, Cleanify will take your HTTP link and include the artist’s name and track’s title while preserving the Spotify direct link.

7. Shorten Spotify URLs.

There are a couple of services that help you shorten the long Spotify URLs so that you can really get a word in edgewise if you wanted to retweet it, for example.

We think a really neat option is spo. tl (slogan: Shorter, prettier Spotify links), a Spotify-focused URL shortener that not only squishes down the URL to a workable size, but provides direct links to Twitter and facebook for simple sharing.

Clicking with to Twitter auto-pastes the artist name and tune title (along with the new URL) in the text box, while Facebook click-throughs produce the cd art too, just as with a direct FB share from within Spotify.

8. It’s Not Just Songs
You could well have registered to the Spotify service because of all that sweet, cost-free, streaming songs, but now you’re developing a zillion playlists, microblogging your music taste to all, and playing “suspect the tune” with your cubicle friends. Exactly what else does Spotify offer?

Well, a fair bit more than simply music. Comedy is something– there’s tons of stand-up material available. Audiobooks are another, with Chris Anderson’s Free the first such title to debut in 2012. There are likewise audio travel guides, speeches and podcasts– in fact, a genuine wide range of non-music audio exists on Spotify. However, there is a catch.

At present, there is no chance to quickly recognize non-music content available, not even by means of a genre search. The only method you will discover such material is by searching by keyword or the artist’s name with the option to click through to “Related Artists” (on the top-right of an artist’s homepage) for even more ideas.