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Sharing Local Files

Then there's the issue of sharing your music with friends, which Spotify is really big on. How can you share your own local music with your Spotify or Facebook friends?

It isn't perfect. That's because Spotify doesn't let you share actual tunes that it doesn't offer on its own service. Instead, you can share the titles of tracks you have stored locally.

If Spotify has a track in its database that you have also imported into your Spotify account, that track can be shared with friends. Spotify simply shares the track from its own streaming music database.

However, if a track you've imported is not in the Spotify database, your friends will see only the title of the shared track, either on a standalone basis or as part of a shared playlist. They will not be able to click to listen to the track—unless, that is, the imported track is already stored on your friend's computer and imported into his or her Spotify account. In that instance, the track will be playable when shared.

With that in mind, sharing a local track is relatively easy with Spotify. Just right-click the track and select Share To from the pop-up menu. When the sharing pop-up appears, select the tab for the service you want to share with—Facebook, Twitter, Spotify, or Windows Live Messenger. Enter a brief text message and, in the case of sharing to another Spotify user, that user's name. Click the Share To or Send button to share the track.

Figure 3 Sharing a track in Spotify

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