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Spotify is making all the right decisions — from gender-balanced playlists to making its way to India. The music and podcast streaming app is geared up for its Indian launch. Spotify co-founder and CEO Daniel Ek revealed during the company's investor day presentation that Spotify is serious about its desi advent.
"We are working on launching in some of the biggest markets in the world, including India, Russia and Africa, which have a very rich musical culture," Ek said. It was reported last week that Spotify has leased office space in Mumbai, and has also made ex-Google exec Akshat Harbola its Head of Market Operations in India.
Its no secret the thousands of desis use Spotify via VPNs, and in the last few years, music streaming applications, especially Spotify and Apple Music, have made some tremendous strides in the country. So, before Spotify hits the Indian market and you're scrambling for playlists, here's a guide for Spotify rookies. Spotify pros can have a look too, BTW.
What is Spotify?
Spotify is a music, podcast and video streaming app which is hands down one of the best apps there is. Besides incredible features, updates, playlists and libraries, Spotify also lets you explore different genres and grow your taste and keep up with new releases.
Is it free?
You can use Spotify for free on shuffle mode, but if you want the diverse Spotify experience, you should sign up for Premium.
Create your own account and test out the app for a day if you want. There is a two-day trial available. You can connect it to your phone, desktop, TV, Xbox, Play Station. Create your account and start browsing through music or podcasts. You can search by genres or chart toppers, or trending or artistes.
The playlist feature is probably the best deal in Spotify. You can create your own, search through the ones created by others, or share our list with others. You can create playlist by genres or artistes or language or anything else. For instance, if you're looking for the 'Best of Fleetwood Mac,' you can search if anyone has made a playlist about the band. You might be surprised.
"Epic collection, friend. Your Library is all filled up. To save more, you'll need to remove some songs.".— CyborgK9 ~ 🤖🐶🌹 (@cyborgk9) March 6, 2018
If you were really my friend, @Spotify, you'd not force me to remove songs I like. ARHGJDFSKDF pic.twitter.com/Ml7tl7tPXf
A Spotify library is just like a regular library but with music. You can organise your music and add new ones. You can follow a playlist and add it in your library.
The Play Queue
The Play Queue lets you arrange the music you want to hear beforehand. You can add or remove albums, and change the order and view your history.
Cheers to Radio Active for featuring us in their Spotify playlist 'Indie Amplified'. It's got some great bands in there. You gotta take a listen to it, we reckon it's dead good/10. 🔭 Link in bio. pic.twitter.com/8V0mnCHMbT— Youth Sector (@youthsectorband) March 15, 2018
Spotify has radio too, because it is just that awesome. It's pretty much like a regular radio, only cooler. You can play any recommended station or create stations based on any artiste or album.
Calling all hip-hop heads. Your favorite podcast with @FrannieAndAli is back with a brand new season. Conversations with Talib Kweli, Zack Fox, YFN Lucci and so many more. #MicrophoneCheck pic.twitter.com/AsxOIpnSZm— Spotify (@Spotify) March 12, 2018
Podcasts are huge right now, and Spotify gets it. You can search, stream or save any podcast and you can even download episodes or share them with other members of the community.
Dunno how I’m supposed to explore cool new music when Spotify throws these daily mixes up. Yes, I have the worst music taste pic.twitter.com/vaia2W0jZn— Meg (@mollyfinn_x) January 21, 2018
In the last year, Spotify has amped up its music discovery features and has made it easier for you to explore new music or artistes. You can simply follow an artiste or even a friend or an organisation to see what they're listening to or creating.
Spotify is always adding cool new features to amp up its relevance. For instance, it created an in-app hub called Amplify recently, which has been introduced to highlight social and gender issues, including race, LGBTQ rights, mental health and more. For Women's History Month, Amplify has come up with Amplify Women, which will feature voices, music and podcasts from women artistes from several countries and communities from all over the world.
Celebrate the creativity, strength and resilience of women from across the globe with our Amplify: Women of the World playlist, curated for Women's History Month and #InternationalWomensDay https://t.co/IFzw0qj42w pic.twitter.com/yuCKv0CELM— Spotify (@Spotify) March 8, 2018
Or you could check out the more recent DJ automix feature, which is already a huge hit with music mixers.