spotifySpotify: Apple / Android

Spotify is now free on mobile devices, and it’s a must-have for any music fan. With Spotify, you have access to a world of music. You can listen to artists and albums, create your own playlist of your favorite songs, or listen to ready-made playlists.

You’ll get access to today’s hottest music and yesterday’s greats. Since this is a free app you will have occasional ads, and ads is partly how artists are paid for their songs being in Spotify. No more buying CDs (does anyone still do this anyway?) or buying music from iTunes, Spotify will give you access to almost anything.

Note: If you search for an artist and do not find them in Spotify, they have not allowed Spotify to have access to their works.

Getting started

  1. Download and open the app and create an account.
  2. You’ll most likely enter on the Browse screen where you can browse for different works.
  3. You can also search for music, create playlists, and find already-made playlists, so poke around in Spotify.

Here are some screenshots to get you started.

You’ll most likely enter the app on the Browse screen where you can browse for artists, albums, or music for certain genres or ages. Here’s a screenshot showing this and what some of the other icons in Spotify are (click to make it larger):

Spotify home icons

You can search in Spotify for artists, albums, and genres of music, and the search results you get are pretty good. Here’s a screenshot showing this (click to make it larger):

Spotify search info

When you find something you want to save, you can add it to a playlist or make a whole new playlist. You can also find a radio station that plays music where this artist would be featured, find similar artists, or share the information. Here’s a screenshot showing how this works (click to make it larger):

Spotify saving stuff

Your playlists are then all collected on your Playlists page, like this (click to make it larger):

Spotify playlists new

And don’t forget, you can find playlists created by other people. Businesses have even made playlists…and so have politicians:

spotify playlists 2

Libraries & Spotify

Okay, so we don’t really have much to add under Libraries & Spotify, because we haven’t noticed libraries doing anything with Spotify (if you know of something, blog about it), but we want to challenge you to use Spotify for your library.

THE CHALLENEGE: create a playlist for your library, put links to it on your library homepage, and encourage your patrons to follow your playlist in Spotify.

The playlist can be anything you’d like. It doesn’t have to be a playlist where libraries or books are featured, we’re not being that specific. Here are some suggested playlists:

  • Make one full of fun songs because your library is awesome.
  • Make one full of children’s music for families.
  • Make a playlist to help students through finals frustration.
  • Make a playlist that will remind all of us that summer is coming, at some point.

Have fun with it. Make a playlist and try to connect with your patrons via Spotify. If you make something great, we may just post it at the bottom of this Thing!

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