Spotify has some useful functions that few people know about. In addition to music, the streaming service also offers services such as videos with exclusive content, a concert schedule that will take place near you and a timer that turns off podcast playback, ideal for bedtime. The functions are available in the player apps for iPhone (iOS) and Android phones.
In addition to the previous options, users can also access other "hidden" resources. Among them is an intelligent search with keywords to find specific tracks or the alternative of changing the song order of any available album and listening in the sequence you prefer. Check out the details of five not-so-famous Spotify functions, but which can improve the experience on the platform.
How Spotify works: understand the music app
Spotify has practical functions little known by users Photo: Anna Kellen Bull / TechTudo
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Spotify offers music-related videos to watch on the app Photo: Reproduo / Rodrigo Fernandes
Spotify provides videos for the user to watch. The contents offered are series, documentaries, programs and interviews about music, between national and international productions. The videos are divided into channels and the user has access to lists with all the programs available chronologically. It is possible to follow the channels, just as it happens with artists in the music modality. To watch the videos, just access "Your Library" and then "Videos".
Spotify shows schedule of concerts that will happen near you Photo: Reproduo / Rodrigo Fernandes
From the location service, Spotify shows the shows that will take place near the user in the coming days and months. At the top of the list will be suggestions based on the user's musical preferences. Below, it is possible to see a general list, with all the artists with a scheduled ticket to the region. When opening a show, the date, location, time and links to purchase tickets over the Internet will be displayed. You can change the location manually to find events in other cities. To see the list of shows, go to "Search" and click on "Shows".
3. Advanced keyword search
Spotify allows you to do advanced search with keywords Photo: Reproduo / Rodrigo Fernandes
The Spotify search tool allows you to use special commands to find specific songs and artists. The codes must be typed in English, followed by the keywords that indicate the desired songs. For example, to find songs with the word "love", type "track: love" (without quotes) in the search field. To find a specific artist or album, just write the desired name after the codes "artist:" and "album:" (also without quotes) for example "artist: Sting" or "album: Californication". It is also possible to search by music genre (track :), label (label 🙂 and tracks recently added by Spotify (new :).
To determine the year of launch of the searched music, just type "year: XXXX" (replace the Xs with the year numbers) to search between a period, type "year: XXXX-XXXX". Interested parties can combine the filters and further refine the search. For example, to search for songs that contain the word "heart" that were released in the 1980s, just type "track: heart year: 1980-1989".
4. Timer to turn off podcasts
Spotify Timer lets you stop podcast playback at bedtime Photo: Reproduo / Rodrigo Fernandes
Activate a timer to stop podcast audio playback on Spotify. The ideal resource when listening to a program at bedtime, so the app does not continue to consume battery or mobile data at night. The user can order the service to shut down in five, 10, 15, 30 or 45 minutes, an hour or at the end of the episode. To activate the timer, play a podcast in full screen, tap the three dots of options, and then select the option "Timer", represented by a moon icon. A countdown starts at the top of the screen.
5. Change the order of songs on any album
Spotify makes it possible to change the order of the songs in the albums Photo: Reproduo / Rodrigo Fernandes
Spotify allows you to change the order of the songs on any album available in the app. In this way, the user can listen to the tracks on that disc in the sequence they prefer, by placing the favorite songs on top and skipping the ones they like least, for example. To make the change, open an album and play a song in full screen. Then, tap the list icon in the upper right corner so that all the tracks appear on the screen. Then, switch the songs to the order you want by pressing and dragging the three-stripe icon, located next to each one, up or down.
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Four Spotify functions you need to know