Managing your library on Spotify seems daunting, especially if you have a large collection. Here’s how to organize your music on a streaming service.
Nearly everyone uses streaming services to play music today, with Spotify being the most popular. Hundreds of millions of people around the world use Spotify to listen and store music.
The company has recently raised the limit to 10,000 songs, so you can now create a large, complete library of all your favorite music. However, the features of the Spotify organization can be very confusing. Between artists, albums, playlists, folders, and songs that you like, it will be difficult to find out where to find the songs that are on your mind.
Here’s how to streamline your Spotify library to make it easier to find your favorite music.
Save Songs and Albums
There are two ways to save music to your library: save songs and save albums.
Saving a song means clicking the heart next to a track on Spotify Desktop and the Web, or long pressing on a song and liking it on the mobile.
This song will be added to your library and will appear in the “Liked Songs” playlist, the default playlist that includes every song that is added to it. Like any playlist, you can set Preferred Songs to download new songs that are added automatically.
The second way to add music is to save an album. To do this, open the album page on Spotify, and click the heart button next to the album name. This will save the entire album, which can be accessed in the “Albums” tab on Spotify.
This method will not add all songs from the album to your Like Song. However, you can still like your favorite individual tracks to add them to the automatic playlist.
Follow the Artist
After you have saved several tracks and albums, you must follow the artists behind these songs. To find artists you need to follow, you can search for them or use one of the suggestions that appear on the “Artists” tab in the mobile application. You can also right-click or long press on any song or album in your library, and choose “Go to Artists.”
When you are on the artist page, select the “Follow” button under their name, and this button will change to “Following.” This will add the artist to your “Artists” tab on Spotify. Clicking on their name will show each song and album that you have saved from that artist. If you subscribe to Spotify Premium, you can also download all the songs you have saved from any artist.
Create Playlists and Folders
The final way to organize your music is to use playlists and folders. Between your playlists and other people’s playlists that you follow, it is possible that you have dozens or even hundreds of music lists messing up your account.
To keep things organized, make good use of folders. To create a folder, right-click on your Playlist collection in the left menu, then select “Create Folder.”
Folders allow you to sort song lists by genre, mood, era, or destination. For example, the “Working Music” folder might have everything from classical music to ambient noise. Even though you can only create folders on Spotify for Desktop, they can still be seen in the mobile application. You can also create playlists in a folder on your phone.
You can also use several sorting options for playlists. By default, this is set to “Custom Order,” which is the order that you sort on Desktop. You can also order them alphabetically or by novelty.
If you use Spotify Desktop, you can also play music from all folders by selecting it. If you have a Rock folder with different playlists from different rock subgenres, clicking “Play” on the folder shuffles all songs from all playlists.
Good Organizational Habits
Our final tip is to use custom playlists. If you often listen to new songs and artists but don’t have the time to organize your library constantly, a good practice is to save them in “Playlists Playlists”. Every time you find a new song, add it to this temporary list. Then you can decide later on where they will enter your playlist from.
After you like a song, artist, or album, and add it to your playlist, delete it from rotation. In this way, you will not miss an underrated gem that you might forget.