Make the most out of Spotify Free with these tips
March 27, 2019

Enjoy these features even when you’re on the free tier.

Spotify launched last November to eager fans who have been waiting for years for the service to arrive in the UAE. Since its launch, we’ve been given access to millions of songs along with over 3 billion playlists that cater to every mood and moment.

The regional version of Spotify is also available in Arabic along with songs from artists that are popular in the region. It’s free to sign up for a Spotify account, and despite what you might have heard a free tier on Spotify already gives you access to a plethora of songs that you can listen anytime, anywhere.

If you’re on Spotify Free, here are some features that you must try out:

Taste Onboarding – This will be part of the initial sign up page when you open a Spotify account. A page will ask you to choose five or more artists that you like. From there, Spotify’s algorithms can determine the type of music that you could enjoy, evident by the suggested playlists that you will see when you use it.

These playlists would appear on the Daily Mix and Release Radar, so you can be sure that the music suggested to you is always unique. The more you listen, the more Spotify learns about your favorite type of music, which in turn will improve your recommendations.

On-demand playlists – Once Spotify learns your taste in music, it will then offer you 15 personalized playlists specially curated for you. This could be the latest hits on Arab music or even the top Rap songs of the week. These playlists will allow you to play the songs in any order you prefer and skip it as much as you like. You can listen up to six Daily Mix playlists on demand, which can be found on the Made For You part of the screen.

Assisted playlisting – It looks like a complicated term, but this simply means that once you start creating your own playlist, Spotify can start recommending music that you might also like. I didn’t believe this at first, but once I made my own custom playlists the recommended songs that have been appearing were actually the ones that I was looking for!

Data Saver – Yes, Spotify streams music online, which means you’ll need Wi-Fi or a data connection for it to work. But just in case you’re worried about Spotify eating up your data allowance, you can always turn on Data Saver Mode so the app will stream at a lower bitrate which translates to a lesser usage of your data.

Liking and Hiding – Since Spotify learns from your listening habits, you can always ‘like’ and ‘hide’ any song that you encounter. This helps Spotify offer an even better recommendation. Your liked songs will have their own custom playlists as well (named ‘Your Favorites’) and songs that you’ve hidden won’t appear on future song suggestions.

Of course, you can always opt in to get Spotify Premium, which will even let you stream in the highest quality possible along with the option to download songs and playlists for offline listening.

Spotify is a free app available for iOS and Android devices.

by Victor Philip Ortiz
Tech Enthusiast and Movie Buff. Passionate for all things tech - you’ll normally find him tinkering with the latest gadgets and computer peripherals. He is an avid collector of Blu-ray discs and occasionally plays on his Xbox.
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