After hearing your buddies across the pond bragging about the awesomeness that is Spotify, you finally get an invite to the music service, so now what? Time to learn a few of the best Spotify tips and tricks to make the most of your social listening experience. Move over Turntable.fm, Spotify the next new hip thing.For those unfamiliar, Spotify has been earning rave reviews in Europe for a while now leading to its launch in the United States in July 2011. Spotify fans describe the platform as iTunes meets Last.fm meets Napster with a touch of the best social media sites sprinkled in. Users can find and listen to nearly any song they desire on demand, organize their own music and playlists and share their musical tastes with friends, and that's just on the free version. Yeah, it's pretty cool and these Spotify tips and tricks make it even better.
Learn Keyboard Shortcuts
Save time and mouse clicks by learning keyboard shortcuts that can be used with Spotify. For example, using the tab key can cycle through columns while the up and down arrows can cycle through the list of tracks. Press enter to play a track while it's selected and use the spacebar to pause or unpause the track.Control the volume by holding "CTRL" and using the up and down arrows and even skip to the next song (or start a song over) by holding "CTRL" and using the right and left arrow buttons. Holding "ATL" can be helpful as well, especially in conjunction with the right and left arrow buttons which allow you to scroll through pages.
Put Your Music on Blast
Open your preferences menu, click the box to enable scrobbling to Last.fm and enter your login information. Just like that your picks on Spotify will be sent to Last.fm automatically.Mozilla Firefox users can also put their picks on blast using another method, FoxyTunes. By downloading and installing the Firefox plugin, you can manage what's playing in Spotify, and even Tweet your tracks, using the controls built into the browser.
Only Settle for the Best
Just like in the old days of Napster, once you find the song you are looking for, you have choices. Multiple versions of each track, each with a unique length, title, artist, popularity and other details, are available. Don't just settle for the first track that pops up, click the tiny little arrow to the left of the artist column to expand the listings.From there, select the specific track you want from those available. Even better, pick a few and discover new versions of your favorite songs. Who knows, you may even find something completely amazing.
Expand Your Horizons
You may think it's cool to listen to the same album over and over for hours, but you know what else is cool? Finding out about new and popular music using the tools available on Spotify that's what. Clicking the "What's New" category in the left column allows you to open up your mind and see what all the cool kids are listening to.The "What's New" tab features new releases in the music world, the "Top Lists" shows the most popular tracks and albums from around the country, the world or even another country of your choice, and the "Feed" tab shows you what your friends are jamming to at the moment. Explore those tabs and find music, new and old, that you adore.