Some love it and some hate it, but what can't be denied is that Spotify gives you infinite possibilities when it comes to discovering new music. However, if you're like me you can often get bogged down with so many choices. So I have done some digging and found some tricks that may just help you get more out of your music streaming experience.
First up is the opportunity to Organise Your Music by any of a wide range of musical attributes including genre, mood, decade of release and more. Simple follow this link and you will open up a whole new world of possibilities.
Organise Your Music can help you slice and dice your music collection by a wide range of properties:
Genre - the genre of the track
Year - the release year of the recording. Note that due to vagaries of releases, re-releases, re-issues and general madness, sometimes the release years are not what you'd expect.
Added - the earliest date you added the track to your collection.
Beats Per Minute (BPM) - The tempo of the song.
Energy - The energy of a song - the higher the value, the more energtic. song
Danceability - The higher the value, the easier it is to dance to this song.
Loudness (dB) - The higher the value, the louder the song.
Liveness - The higher the value, the more likely the song is a live recording.
Valence - The higher the value, the more positive mood for the song.
Length - The duration of the song.
Acousticness - The higher the value the more acoustic the song is.
Speechiness - The higher the value the more spoken word the song contains.
Popularity - The higher the value the more popular the song is.
You can see it in action here:
Next up is the Spotify Artist Network which allows for exploring networks of related artists. This is great if you are stuck listening to one artist/band but want to discover more within the same genre. It's as simple as putting the artist/band name in to a search bar and letting the API do the rest.
You are then presented with a beautiful visual that allows you to explore as close or as far away from your original artist as you choose. Visit the site by clicking here.
Acrostify is next, and what a lovely little tool this is. If you're as old as me you probably used to make mix tapes for your friends or for that girl at college that you wanted to talk to but never quite had the nerve. Anyway, Acrostify lets you create a playlist with a hidden message within the titles of each song.
I I Want To Know What Love Is by Foreigner
L Love Stinks by The J. Geils Band
O Over The Hills And Far Away by Led Zeppelin
V Valentine's Day by David Bowie
E Elected (Remastered Single Version) by Alice Cooper
Y You Really Got Me by Van Halen
O Old Love by Eric Clapton
U Used To Love Her by Guns N' Roses
Clever isn't it? Although in that particular example it ends with Axl Rose saying he loved her so much that he had to kill her and bury her 6ft under. Bad example, but you get the idea!
Finally we have Sort Your Music, which is very different to organising your music, honestly. This allows you to sort your Spotify playlists by any of a wide range of musical attributes such as tempo, loudness, valence, energy, danceability, popularity and more.
I would suggest this is particularly great for DJ's, radio presenters and party music organisers as it can keep the BPM the same from beginning to end or can ensure if you're doing a relaxing show that your music remains consistent.
Again it's a really easy tool to use and does all the hard work for you. It also doesn't affect any of your current playlists as it copies the original and use the Spotify API to sort. Check it out here!
Whilst you're here, you can follow the JC Music Spotify page by clicking the image below: