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From the Author: Creating and Subscribing to Playlists in Spotify
Author Kim Gilmour
Playlists are what make the world of Spotify go around. All the playlists you create or subscribe to in Spotify are displayed in the left-hand sidebar of the application. You can create a playlist around any theme you want. In Spotify, you can easily turn albums you come across in your searches into playlists, too. Follow these easy steps from Spotify For Dummies author Kim Gilmour and get started creating your own music mixes in no time.

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, 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.

Publishing playlists:
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

Ready for the easiest way to enjoy music wherever you are? Read on!

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

Learn to:

  • 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 and even import your music library

  • Discover and share new music through Facebook, Twitter, and other sites


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (December 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1119952344
  • ISBN-13: 978-1119952343
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.9 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #304,056 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hello! I'm a journalist and author specialising in technology and the internet.

My titles include Spotify for Dummies, Digital Photography for the Older and Wiser, Business All-in-One for Dummies and Starting and Running an Online Business for Dummies.

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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Richard Hayes on July 9, 2012
Format: Paperback
I imagine what you're thinking. "I wish I could enjoy a great streaming music service like Spotify, but somehow the whole thing seems so daunting. And hard."

This book answers all the tough questions you might have about Spotify, such as "What is a song?" and, "Is this thing on?" all the way to advanced topics like "How in the heck will I ever find my favorite song on this big music server?"

Along the way the reader will find out about exciting "Easter eggs" embedded in the Spotify user interface. For example -- did you know that when you click on a song title and wait a second or two, then THAT VERY SONG will start playing...

Amazing, am I right?

And get this -- there is a secret icon that, once tapped, will allow Spotify to play the same song over and over again -- forever if you want! Watch out though, because your neighbors might not want to party all night long with Falco!

"AMA-deus ama-deus, Come on and rock me--"

Sorry about that.

I don't want to give away all the secrets embedded in this volume -- after all, who likes spoilers? I will just say this: buy this book (or, if you're not sure how, please obtain Amazon For Dummies first, then buy this book) and you will never need to fear the process of navigating the often confusing and sometimes downright maddenly complex task of playing music on your computer! All the way from Sweden!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Missymaam on February 21, 2012
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This is my first book in the "...for Dummies" series, but I found it frustrating. The author provides a quick reference to something and then directs you to a different chapter for more info. This has happend about 20 times and I am only on the first chapter. Are the the Dummies books like this? Why not tell us more WHEN you are mentioning it? I think this book is poorly organized.
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I found this book helpful for me when I became a Spotify Premium subscriber. In particular, I found the sections on web sites / blogs / apps that compliment / integrate with Spotify very helpful. This book certainly helped me get more out of my subscription / account. If all you want to do is to listen to music on a tablet / smartphone, this book will not be very helpful, as it focuses mostly on the PC / Mac interface, and add ons / links to that. Additionally, I will note that parts of the book are rapidly becoming dated / out of date. But, on the whole, a good way to get up to speed on all that the Spotify universe has to offer.
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