From the Author: Creating and Subscribing to Playlists in Spotify
To put together a playlist:
1) Click New Playlist, located at the bottom of Spotify's left sidebar. New playlist turns into a text box.
2) Type the name for your playlist in the text box, and then press Enter to confirm your selection.
3) After you come across a song that you want to add to your playlist, just drag and drop that track onto the playlist title. Alternatively, right-click the track (Ctrl-click on a Mac) and select Add To from the pop-up menu that appears to bring up a list of your existing playlists. Select the playlist to which you want to add your track.
4) Click your playlist name on the left sidebar. Your new playlist appears in Spotify's main pane. A selection of albums from the track listings are displayed as the playlist's artwork.
To turn an album into a playlist:
1) First, access the album listing in Spotify. Either conduct a search for the artist’s name using Spotify's search bar and click through to the album title from the search results or search for the title of the album directly. Alternatively, you might come across a link to the album, on Facebook, for example.
2) Click and drag the album’s name onto New Playlist, located at the bottom of Spotify's left sidebar. The album instantly turns into a playlist, with the title consisting of the album’s name and artist.
To subscribe to a playlist someone else has created:
1) Click on a playlist link so that it opens in Spotify. You can access playlists in a variety of ways. You might follow a link to one on a playlist-sharing site like ShareMyPlaylists.com, or see a link to it on Facebook's Music dashboard. Alternatively, a friend may have sent you a link to a playlist through Spotify’s inbox feature.
2) Under the playlist name, click Subscribe. The playlist appears in the left-hand sidebar, meaning you've subscribed to it. It’s now accessible to you at any time.
Warning: Activity relating to playlists you create or subscribe to may be automatically published to your public Spotify profile page—the page that appears when friends click your name if it’s displayed in their People Bar. You may want to turn this automatic publishing off or check its status.
1) To turn off the automatic publishing feature, access your Spotify preferences by clicking File > Preferences on a PC or Spotify > Preferences on a Mac.
2) Under Profile, check if “Automatically publish new playlists” is checked or not. If it is, then any playlist you create is displayed on your public Spotify profile. You'll need to uncheck the box if you don’t want your playlists to be displayed.
Tip: If you turn automatic publishing off, you can still pick and choose the playlists you want to publicly share with your friends or the greater Spotify community.
1) To share a playlist, right-click a playlist (Ctrl-click on a Mac) and click Publish.
2) You can also share a playlist from your Spotify profile page by clicking your name on the top right of the Spotify application, then clicking Profile. Click the Edit button to publish or unpublish your playlists.
From the Back Cover
Spotify is spot on! Here's everything you need to know about signing up and using this superb streaming music service. Whether you're opting for the free version or one of the premium upgrades, you'll find what you need in this book. Learn how to sign up, find your favorite tracks and discover new ones, share with your friends, and enjoy!
How it works – see how to get started with Spotify, what different versions offer, and how to mix tracks on your computer with those in the Spotify library
Seek and find – track down your favorite artists and discover new ones with Spotify's recommendations
Play it your way – create playlists you can share with your friends
Music is social – connect your Spotify account with Facebook and Twitter and collaborate on playlists with those who share your tastes
When you're ready to upgrade – compare the Spotify Open, Unlimited, and Premium plans
Take your tunes along – download the app to your iPhone, iPad, Android device, or iPod touch so you can search and stream from your mobile
Sync it up – sync Spotify tracks for offline listening on your mobile device or local tracks to your iPod
Open the book and find:
Ideas for discovering new music
Where to find playlists you may enjoy
Tips for organizing your tracks
How to keep Spotify Social secure
Third-party sites to explore
Why paying to play can be a good plan
Some free Spotify offers
Solutions to common Spotify problems
Set up Spotify and start listening to your favorite music
Listen to Spotify on your computer, iPhone, iPod touch, or Android device
Use Spotify with iTunes or Last.fm and even import your music library
Discover and share new music through Facebook, Twitter, and other sites