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Top 5 tips for getting the most from your Spotify subscription

Spotify is a music service that is built on simplicity and convenience. You can start up a radio station and it will play for as long as you need it to, be that minutes or hours. You can find massive playlists that will keep you jamming out all day, and you follow playlists that will evolve and change as newer, better music comes out.

Spotify may be easy to pick up, but once you have it, getting the most out of your Spotify subscription can take a little know-how. Here's how to make sure that you can make the most of Spotify on your Android phone.

1. Set your audio quality wisely

Quality music equals quality listening

Spotify offers a range of audio qualities to users who may be looking for the clearest audio possible or audio that sips data rather than gulps it. Unfortunately, you can't separately set the audio quality while streaming on mobile data — it uses the same audio quality setting as streaming on Wi-Fi. So before you crank your streaming audio quality up to "Extreme", consider how much you intend to use Spotify with a data connection, such as in the car or while working out.

To set your quality, go to My Library and tap the gear icon in the top right corner; the audio settings are about halfway down the menu.

If you're looking for good audio quality without kissing your data caps goodbye, there's still some good news, if you can plan ahead. You can set the audio quality for downloaded music separately from streaming audio quality. Unless your phone is already lacking storage space, I recommend setting downloaded audio quality to Extreme and loading up for listening while on the go.

2. Load up for offline

Don't let this happen to you

Spotify doesn't allow you to cache songs for offline playback, so everything you want to listen to offline you have to download manually. It's therefore worth getting at least a few favorite albums and playlists downloaded should you lose your connection.

You can download albums and playlists, but not radio stations or individual songs. If you like a particular radio station, you could add the songs from the station to a playlist for offline playback, but you'll have to do it one song at a time.

Whatever you download, just get something saved for offline. You do not want to get caught without your music out there in the big, bad noisy world.

3. Be picky with what you save to Library

Save to library

Spotify has tens of millions of songs to listen to, and through radio stations, curated playlists, and Discover, you'll listen to more and more new music, but make sure you really like a song before you save it to your library. Spotify only allows you to add 10,000 songs to your library, and once you hit that limit, you'll have to start cleaning albums and songs you don't like as much as the new songs you want to add.

The easiest rule of thumb here is to add individual songs to your library rather than adding whole albums if you don't like each and every song in there. I'm already over 5,000 songs, and I'm going to have to start weeding through it before long.

4. Turn up the radio

Turn up the radio

The best way to refine your selections on Spotify is to listen to radio stations frequently and rate what it serves up. Even if you're someone who prefers to listen to personal playlists most of the time, dip into radio stations like your Daily Mixes from time to time and get to rating your suggested music.

Spotify will make better mixes for you and suggest playlists that (hopefully) better align with your interests, which means that when you dip into a radio station, you'll be less likely to dive for the 'Skip' button.

5. Play with playlists

Play with playlists

Spotify's strengths might be in its radio stations, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't build your own playlists. By making your own playlists, you can then have Spotify give you more customized radio stations through Playlist Radio. Adding music from various radio stations to playlists also makes it easier to listen to them again and download them for offline playback.

Your turn

Play on

What tricks do you have for taking Spotify to the limit? Share them in the comments, and share what you've been listening to on Spotify!

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Ara Wagoner was a staff writer at Android Central. She themes phones and pokes YouTube Music with a stick. When she's not writing about cases, Chromebooks, or customization, she's wandering around Walt Disney World. If you see her without headphones, RUN. You can follow her on Twitter at @arawagco.

18 Comments
  • Please stop calling tracks songs.
  • That's what Spotify - and most other music services - call them. I understand that song implies vocals, and I listen to a lot of instrumental tracks, but to the average listener, they're songs. As long as they're referred to as such in the apps, that's what I'm going to refer to them as too.
  • anything with music is a song... even just vocals, no music is a song. so, yes, they are all tracks. "Tracks" have existed before CDs where invented. Tracks even exist on LPs. So ignore that person above.
  • Your username fits your comment so well! Never knew that actually, the more you know.
  • Tracks are technically a physical path in a record. Streaming services doesn't have tracks.
  • Please stop demanding that your preference be forced upon all. You know exactly what was meant.
  • Step 6. Follow the Discover Weekly and Release Radar playlists. You're welcome.
  • The Release Radar list does a pretty good job of knowing what I like... eerily good, actually.
  • Release Radar knows me better than my girlfriend.
  • Step 7. Follow my K-Pop playlist. ;)
    https://open.spotify.com/user/iamdefiler/playlist/0ZLLjSgUHYesmXGVIfcv0H
  • Nice! I'm really hoping to find some good Spotify playlists for anime music and J-Pop, but that's a good selection.
  • I didn't know that Spotify had a 10k song limit. These are useful tips, thanks for them!
  • I know, that doesn't sound that bad, but it's really easy to hit if you add albums to your library instead of individual songs.
  • This might be another reason that I basil and go to Google Play Music. Other reasons:
    1. No way to rearrange my playlist tracks. Yup, I said tracks. Haha
    2. Stupid Shuffle Play button. Can I just get a Play button, especially for albums. Isn't that shuffle nonsense for free subscribers?
  • I use Managr for Spotify for playlist management on Android... It's insane that I need a third party app for that...
  • It's worth mentioning that #1 & #2 are only available for Spotify Premium subscribers, not the free tier http://www.sidify.com/images/topic/spotify-free-vs-premium.png
  • That's why "subscription" is in the title. 😉
  • You know, when you sign up for Spotify, you can choose a "free subscription", don't you? The OP was right to suggest that the author tell the readers that a given feature requires a premium subscription.