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Here’s How to Use All of Spotify Features to Their Fullest (Part 2)

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That’s right.  There’s a part two to this series.  Why you ask?  Well, there are so many amazing things that you can do in Spotify, we couldn’t list them all in one post.  Keep reading to find out how to turn your Spotify app into a mobile entertainment unit.

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Run and Listen

Runkeeper has recently added full Spotify integration to its app in order to let you track your run.  More specifically, you can control playback and quick-switch if you need to change your playlists.  It’s kind of great if you’re trying to step up your running game.

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Speak and Run

Don’t you hate when you’re working out, and you have to stop in order to change the song, or the playlist because something awful comes on?  Or it just doesn’t go with your vibe?  With the Apple Watch and the Joy app, all you have to do is say the name of the track and it will play.  That means, your phone can stay in your pocket and you can keep up the good work.

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Uber and Spotify

Many Uber cars now come with Spotify integration.  Which means you can control the music from the backseat of your Uber.  The best part?  You don’t have to worry about using your own mobile data.  Just connect your Uber and Spotify accounts to get started.

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Automotive Integration

If you’ve got Android Auto or Apple CarPlay in your car, then, you’re also able to integrate Spotify.  Hook the phone to your stereo via USB and you’ll be able to choose between Spotify Radio, Your Music and new releases by simply tapping the display.  It also will allow you to use voice control.  Although, what voice controls you use, are limited.

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Connecting to an Older Car

Just because you’ve got an older car, doesn’t mean that you can’t benefit from all the great features that Spotify has to offer.  It’s pretty simple.  Just use a physical 3.5 mm auxiliary input cable.   It’s literally that simple and gives you access to thousands and thousands of songs.

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Discover Weekly Playlists

Once a week, Spotify presents you with a custom playlist based on all the music you’ve been listening to.  After a week, however, it gets replaced.  It disappears into the Spotify ether, unless you’ve saved it manually.  Head over to IFTTT and learn how to do it.

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Get the Daily Mix

The Daily Mix was added to both the Android and iOS apps back in September 2016.  Similar to the Weekly Playlist, these Daily Mixes are songs and artists based on the music that you listen to on a regular basis.  Of course, it’s updated daily.  So if you’re listening to indie acoustics today, and tomorrow you’re listening to some hardcore rap, you’re going to have an interesting daily mix or mixes.

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Shazam Shortcut

We’ve all used Shazam to figure out the name of the song that we heard somewhere.  But did you know that you can put it straight into a Spotify playlist?  Well, you don’t even have to do any of that, it automatically goes into the playlist for you.  If you’re using Shazam, there is a button at the bottom of the song’s screen that will let you either open and play it in Spotify, or add it to an existing playlist.

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Spotify iPod?

Spotify has a device that looks an awful lot like an iPod, and it’s kind of great if you don’t want to carry your phone around with you.  The Mighty offers 2 GB of storage for offline syncing, USB-C connector and has a five-hour battery life.  In order to get the full benefits, you do have to be a Spotify Premium subscriber, but that’s a small price to pay for unlimited music all the time.  This might be a better option at the gym than your smartphone.

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Spotify Code

Spotify has built a clever way to share playlists, tracks, albums, and artists into its mobile app with Spotify Codes.  Working very much like a (more stylish and streamlined) QR code, a Spotify Code can be scanned with the camera from another user’s phone, adding it to their library. Codes can also be scanned from elsewhere – posters, flyers, billboards etc. – so it’s worth keeping an eye out for them when you’re strolling the streets. To make a code appear for sharing, simply tap the “…” button at the top right of the screen when on your album, track, artist or playlist’s page. The code will then appear as a waveform underneath the artwork.