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How To Video: Master Spotify playlists

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How To Video: Master Spotify playlists

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Now that you're on Spotify, uncover some advanced playlist tricks, then discover and share them online.

Hey, everyone, I'm Sharon Vaknin for CNET.com and today I'm gonna make you a Spotify playlist master. First, let's talk about the best ways to discover new music for your playlist starting with Spotify's built in tools because the search bar is a lot smarter than you think. Instead of just entering the name of an artist or song title, use search operators. For example, you can search year; 1970 to 1980 and get a list of popular songs from that decade, or if you wanna flash back from the new millennium, search year; 200, or you can search for something like genre; rap year (1994), and find rap music from that year. This is the fullest of search operator, so you can mix and match to find new or old songs for your playlist. Another built-in feature is related artist. Anytime, you see a song, click the artist's name, you will get an overview of their top songs, albums, bio, and related artists, which is also a good feature for discovering new music. It's not as cool as Pandora, but it will do. Now that you are a music discovery pro, you can drag and drop music in the new playlist, just remember that all playlists are automatically public, so make sure to make the private. If you don't want people discovering your love Justin Bieber, just right click a playlist and uncheck publish. In this menu, you will also see the collaborative playlist option. This makes it so that anyone you share the playlist with can add songs to it and add it to their side bar too. The only catch is that it makes the playlist private to you and those people. Now, if you don't wanna do all the works searching for songs and creating playlist, there are few services that will do it for you and one of them is Spotify. Go to spotify.com and hit more options under the search bar, under the name of an artist or multiple artists by clicking add another. Select the number of tracts and hit generate playlist. You will get an automated playlist of songs similar to the artist or song you entered, which you can then drag and drop right into Spotify. Another way to find playlist is to use a sharing site like sharemyplaylists.com, which list people upload their playlist for everyone to download. You can browse through the collection, search by keyword, or look at the chart to see which playlist are most popular. Once you find one, just click play and it will in Spotify and don't forget to subscribe at the top to add it to your side bar. Now, here's the tool I love. What if you already made playlist on YouTube, Soundcloud Group and other music services, we'll playlistify that or we'll take the playlist and help you transfer them to Spotify. Just go to playlistify.org and click your own playlist. Then select which service you wanna grab your playlist from and follow the instructions. You'll end up with a link than you can then open in Spotify without going through all the trouble of rebuilding it by hand. So, now, you have a huge list of awesome playlist, but maybe you have too many in your side bar and it's getting a little crowded. Now, this is where playlist folders comes in. To create one, just go to file new playlist folder, give it a name and drag and drop playlist into the folder to keep your side bar tidy. Once you've got your playlist built, organized, and protected, it's time to share them. Go back sharemyplaylists.com and upload your playlist so that anyone can get them or just write click a playlist and select copy http link and paste it into twitter and e-mail instant message or Facebook. When someone clicks it, it will launch Spotify. Okay, now it's time to go make your epic playlist and be sure to send me a link on my Facebook page and visit howto.cnet.com for more tips, tricks, and guides for your gadgets. For CNET, I'm Sharon Vaknin and I'll see you on the interwebs.

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