How to make Spotify more like Pandora

Do you wish Spotify could automatically play songs based on your musical taste, like Pandora? You can. We'll show you how.

Spotify is a fantastic music service, but it takes time to create your playlists. Sometimes, you just want to click Play and listen to songs based on your musical taste. You know, like Pandora. With a new Web service, you can make Spotify act a little more like Pandora. Here's how:

Step 1: Launch Spotify on your desktop or mobile device.

Step 2: Open your Web browser and go to http://echofiapp.com.

Step 3: Enter the name of an artist and click the Play link.

Enter artist and click play
Screenshot by Ed Rhee

Step 4: When your desktop browser prompts you to allow Spotify to launch, allow it to do so, and unless you want to be prompted every time, tell your browser to remember your choice. On Android, the Spotify app will begin playing without prompts.

Chrome prompt
Chrome prompt Screenshot by Ed Rhee

Step 5: Rate the song Echofi chooses for you by clicking on the green circle (love) or the red circle (hate). You can also skip to the next track by clicking on the yellow circle (next).

Now playing
Screenshot by Ed Rhee

There are two things to keep in mind while using Echofi. First, there is no way to save your preferences, so you'll have to rate the songs again the next time you use Echofi. We've heard, however, that they're working on adding accounts to allow you to save your listening preferences. Second, you must use the Echofi controls to skip tracks. Using Spotify to skip to the next track won't work.

That's it. Now you can take advantage of Spotify's vast library of high-quality music files while also listening to them based on your tastes.

About the author

Ed Rhee, a freelance writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area, is an IT veteran turned stay-at-home-dad of two girls. He focuses on Android devices and applications while maintaining a review blog at techdadreview.com.

 

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