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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 18 December 2018

Spotify tips: 7 ways to make the most of your streaming experience 

From having a track as your morning alarm to having your music blend into song smoothly, there are a bunch of nifty ways to enjoy your Spotify set-up

Spotify has a range of features to make your music experience smoother and interactive. Courtesy Hayoung Jeon/EPA
Spotify has a range of features to make your music experience smoother and interactive. Courtesy Hayoung Jeon/EPA

With Spotify now available in various countries across the Middle East and North Africa, many new users may be grappling with the size and depth of the streaming service’s song catalogue and plethora of features. In order to make your search easier and more enjoyable, here are seven tips to make the most of your Spotify experience.

Spotify is integrated with Google Maps

For those making the long journey from Dubai to Abu Dhabi and vice versa, don't forget you can use your Spotify account while using Google maps. This means you don’t have to jump from the map to your Spotify page to finetune your selections. With the Spotify bar placed at the bottom of the map, your attention will be focused on following the directions to your destination.

This is done by going to the settings of your Google Map app, from which you can then connect it to your Spotify account. Once connected, the Spotify logo will appear at the side of your map screen. A soft tap of the logo and your music playlist will appear in a small bar at the bottom of the screen.

The music gets better with time

Due to its algorithms Spotify will eventually make you a personalised playlist based on your listening habits. The more Spotify knows about your musical tastes, the more similar tracks will be compiled on a Discover Weekly playlist of 30 songs sent to you each Monday.

Spotify is social media friendly

Create and share collaborative playlists with friends and family. This allows everyone to contribute to the ultimate music experience. You can share your musical gems through WhatsApp, Instagram Stories, Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr.

Morning melodies

Sometimes a standard morning phone alarm just won’t do. Now you have the option of waking up to varied Spotify tracks ranging from the silky tones of Diana Ross to the aggressive riffs of Metallica.

Do this by integrating Spotify into your Google alarm clock. First up, download the Clock app from Google, then connect it to your Spotify account and choose the song, album or playlist you want to hear as you wake from your slumber.

Be your personal DJ

If you are the kind of listener who finds the silence between tracks jolting you can use Spotify’s Crossfade function. This allows you blend songs seamlessly into the next track.

Look at the bottom of the screen

At the bottom of your playlist, Spotify will recommend more music based on your taste and selected songs (as mentioned above).

Music on your watch

Spotify can be accessed through an app on the Apple Watch, as well as being available on Google and Android Wear smartwatches.

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