Spotify is constantly evolving and adding new features to keep its users hooked. Similar to many other apps, Spotify has also seen several redesigns in the past few years with a shift towards a more modern look.
The music streaming service that we cannot live without continues to expand its features and offerings so that users continue to stay engaged and come back for more. We’re going to highlight some of the best cool Spotify features, from karaoke mode to car playlists and more.
Spotify Karaoke Mode
Who needs to pay money to go to a karaoke studio when you can do your own set up now at home with Spotify’s new Karaoke Mode?
You can now choose your favourite songs and belt them out loud with friends and family using Spotify’s Karaoke Mode feature. It’s available for all users too, not just Premium subscribers.
How to use Spotify Karaoke Mode
On your app, look for the Lyrics section at the bottom of the screen on mobile. You can also access it on the Spotify desktop version, and look for the microphone icon in the bottom right.
At the Lyrics section, on the right side, click on the “Sing” icon, which features a microphone. When you get here, the lyrics will be displayed on the screen, as will an audio analyzer. It uses your device’s microphone to listen to your voice and provides an accuracy rating out of 100, so you’ll know how well you really sing, and can have a sing off battle with your friends.
Spotify Blend Playlists
Blend, the most popular playlist creation tool on Spotify, has been upgraded. Blend is a tool that shows two Spotify users with similar musical tastes how many songs they share by blending their favourite tunes. It updates daily with new music based on listener habits. This feature is well-loved by the close BFFs and lovers who share similar music tastes.
How to make Spotify Blend Playlists
With the upgrade to Blend, users will soon be able to create Blend playlists with up to 10 people, or even with some of their favourite artists, in addition to collaborating with up to 10 users.
Collaborating artists – including big names such as BTS, Charli XCX, Kacey Musgraves and Megan Thee Stallion – have enabled users to combine their preferences with those of other Blend contributors, generating new Blend playlists. A “taste match” score will be displayed on their card, which is calculated based on how similar or different their listening preferences are compared to those of other Blend contributors.
With the update, Spotify has also made it possible for groups of users to make their own shared playlists, and not just Family subscribers. Previously, those on the Spotify Family subscription plan have been able to create a Family Mix playlist, which was composed of tracks that everyone in the family liked based on similar technology. However, the problem was that only those on Spotify Family plans could use this feature, not individual subscribers.
Another Blend-like playlist known as the Duo Mix is available, but it is only accessible to users on the same plan.
Spotify Discovery Mode
Spotify users in Canada, the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand can look forward to new updates to Spotify’s Discovery Mode, which includes new music and Canvas loops in a personalized feed on the home page of the app.
Scroll up or down to skip through your preferred picks and listen to previews of each song on the feed.
Found a great song? You can add it to one of your playlists or follow the artist from the same spot. If you find a great song worth sharing, you can immediately share it to your social networks directly via the feed and the Canvas will continue playing in your Story background.
The daily updates provide up to 15 new recommendations, making sure you never run out of new music to discover.
Spotify Car Mode
Drivers will soon get an upgraded experience too with Spotify Car Mode. According to TechCrunch, Spotify rolled out a new Car Mode interface to some users in a move to change “in-car listening experiences” and will soon launch new features.
How to use Spotify Car Mode
With Car Mode, users can browse and search for songs using voice controls. They can also use voice controls to look for music in Spotify’s library. A microphone button is available on the Car Mode track player view to look for new music or podcasts. In addition to the play/pause, skip shuffle, and like buttons, other controls like a microphone button are available to look for new music or podcasts. The interface is similar to Spotify’s standard one, but there are fewer visual distractions on-screen.
Car Mode is still in testing though, so the final product may be different.
Chances are, if you use the above-mentioned Spotify features frequently, you’d most likely already be a Premium subscriber. If you’re not, you may consider subscribing.
Spotify Premium allows you to be free from ads, download tracks, have unlimited skips – key for a smooth listening experience that free users don’t have. There are 4 types of Premium plans in total – Individual, Duo (for two people), Family (for up to 6 users; comes with Spotify Kids and a filter for explicit music) and Student (50% discount off for up to 4 years).
Prices vary per country but all plans let you have a free one month trial to test it out.
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