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  • Copyright 2012
  • Edition: 1st
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  • ISBN-10: 0-672-33599-9
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-672-33599-0

Sams Teach Yourself Spotify® in 10 Minutes offers straightforward, practical answers when you need fast results. By working through 10-minute lessons, you’ll learn everything you need to know to listen to your favorite music on the Spotify streaming music service. Each compact lesson zeros in on core procedures using easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions. Discover new music—fast—with the helpful and accurate information in this book.

Tips point out shortcuts and solutions

Cautions help you avoid common pitfalls

Notes provide additional information

10 minutes is all you need to learn how to…

  • Choose the right Spotify subscription plan
  • Play your favorite music—anywhere
  • Import your own music into your Spotify library
  • Search for songs and artists
  • Create your own Spotify radio station
  • Assemble music into playlists
  • Share music with your Facebook friends
  • Expand Spotify with third-party apps
  • Scrobble your Spotify music to Last.fm
  • Play Spotify on your iPhone

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Category:  Internet

Covers:  Spotify

User Level:  Beginning

Sample Content

Online Sample Chapter

Playing Tracks and Albums in Spotify

Table of Contents

    Introduction 1

1 Introducing Spotify 5

    What Is Spotify—and What Does It Do? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5

    How Is Spotify Different from iTunes?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7

    How Is Spotify Different from Pandora? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8

    Social Sharing with Spotify . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9

    Extending Spotify with Third-Party Apps. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10

    How Much Does Spotify Cost?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10

2 Choosing a Subscription Plan 13

    Understanding Spotify’s Subscription Plans . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13

    Which Plan Is Best for You?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15

3 Signing Up and Getting Started 17

    Downloading and Installing Spotify . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17

    Creating a Spotify Account. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18

    Launching Spotify . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20

4 Editing Your Profile and Account Information 23

    Editing Your Account Profile . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23

    Changing Your Subscription Plan and Payment Information . . . . . .25

5 Navigating Spotify 29

    Getting Around Spotify. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29

    Viewing the Main Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .33

    Viewing Your Apps. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .38

    Viewing Your Collection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .40

6 Personalizing Spotify 45

    Displaying or Hiding the People List . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45

    Enlarging or Reducing the ‘Now Playing’ Artwork . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45

    Displaying Your Music as an Album List . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .46

    Displaying or Hiding Playlists in Your Profile . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .48

7 Importing Your Local Music Files into Spotify 51

    Why Should You Import Your Music into Spotify? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51

    Importing Your Music Library . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .52

    Removing Imported Files . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .53

    Viewing and Playing Your Imported Music . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .54

    Listening to Local Files on Your Mobile Device . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55

    Sharing Local Files . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55

8 Viewing Your Music Library 57

    Understanding the Library . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57

    Viewing and Playing Your Music . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57

    Changing Library Views . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .59

    Sorting the Library . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .60

    Filtering Tracks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .60

9 Searching for Music 63

    Conducting a Basic Search . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .63

    Viewing Search Results. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .64

    Conducting an Advanced Search . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .66

10 Playing Tracks and Albums 69

    Playing an Individual Track . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .69

    Playing an Album . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .70

    Playing Music in a Queue . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .71

    Controlling Spotify from the Windows Taskbar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .72

11 Viewing Artist Information 75

    Finding Artists on Spotify . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .75

    Viewing Artist Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .75

    Reading the Artist Biography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .77

    Discovering Related Artists . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .78

12 Playing Spotify Radio 81

    Understanding Spotify Radio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .81

    Creating a New Radio Station . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .82

    Playing a Spotify Radio Station . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .83

13 Identifying and Playing Favorites 85

    Understanding Stars . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85

    Starring Your Favorite Music . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85

    Viewing Starred Tracks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .86

14 Creating and Playing Playlists 87

    Understanding Playlists . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .87

    Creating a New Playlist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .87

    Adding Tracks to a Playlist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .88

    Editing a Playlist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .89

    Grouping Playlists into Folders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .90

    Playing Back a Playlist. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .90

15 Playing Music Offline 93

    Understanding Offline Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .93

    Making a Playlist Available for Offline Listening . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .94

    Listening Offline . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .94

16 Adding Your Friends to Spotify 97

    Understanding Spotify Social . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .97

    Adding Facebook Friends . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .98

    Adding Other Spotify Users . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .99

    Viewing a Friend’s Profile . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .100

17 Sharing Music with Your Friends 103

    How Spotify Sharing Works . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .103

    Sharing to Facebook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .105

    Sharing to Twitter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .108

    Sharing to Spotify . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .109

    Sharing to Windows Live Messenger . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .111

    Sharing to Anyone on the Web . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .112

18 Sharing and Collaborating on Playlists 113

    Sharing a Playlist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .113

    Collaborating on a Playlist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .114

19 Viewing Top Lists 117

    Viewing Top Tracks and Albums . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .117

    Viewing Your Friends’ Top Music . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .118

20 Exploring Spotify Apps 121

    Understanding Spotify Apps. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .121

    Finding and Installing Apps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .121

    Using Spotify Apps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .122

    Evaluating Popular Apps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .123

21 Scrobbling Your Music to Last.fm 133

    Understanding Last.fm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .133

    Scrobbling to Last.fm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .134

    Using Spotify’s Last.fm App . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .135

22 Syncing Spotify to Your iPod 141

    What You Can and Can’t Sync . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .141

    Syncing Your Music . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .142

23 Playing Spotify on Your iPhone 145

    Understanding Spotify Mobile . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .145

    Viewing and Playing Playlists . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .146

    Playing Music . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .148

    Searching for Music . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .151

    Viewing What’s New . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .151

    Sharing Friends’ Music . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .152

    Listening in Offline Mode. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .152

    Adjusting Settings. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .154

24 Configuring Spotify 157

    Editing Spotify Preferences . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .157

    Controlling Preferences . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .158

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