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Spotify is coming to India. Here's a rookie's guide to the music streaming app

It's about damn time desis got some good streaming action

Ujjainee Roy @UjjaineeRoy 17 March 2018, 7:17 PM
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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.

Your account

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 playlists

 

 

 

 

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.

Libraries

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.

Spotify Radio

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.

Podcasts

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.

Explore

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. 

Features

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. 

Or you could check out the more recent DJ automix feature, which is already a huge hit with music mixers.

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