Spotify is one of the best ways to listen to music for free online. If you haven’t already installed it, please read our guide How to get Spotify.
- a computer with access to the internet, ideally through a broadband connection
- Spotify installed on your computer.
Follow these step-by-step instructions to listen to music via Spotify on your computer
Step 1: Open Spotify by double-clicking the green circular icon on your desktop. Alternatively, you can click Start, hover your mouse over ‘All Programs’ and then click Spotify in the list. You’ll not normally need to log in – it’s automatic.
Step 2: Type the name of a song, artist or composer into the search box. As you type, a drop-down with potential matches for your search will appear. If you can see what you are looking for, then just click on it in the drop-down menu. If not, press the Enter key.
Step 3: You’ll now get a list of the tracks that Spotify has found based on what you’ve typed. To play just one track, double-click the track you’d like to listen to.
However, to be able to play continuous music, continue with these steps:
Step 4: Click the name of an artist or an album on the list. You’ll be taken to a page of information about that artist, the albums held in the Spotify library, similar artists and individual tracks available.
Step 5: Now if you double-click on a track, it will continue playing the tracks in the order shown.
Controlling the music while it’s playing
A bar like the one below will appear at the bottom of your Spotify page.
- To stop the music, click the double bar in the circle. (The double bar will then turn into an arrow.)
- To restart the music, click the arrow.
- To move to the next track, click the double arrow.
- To adjust the volume, click and drag the dot within the volume bar.
- The dot in the long bar shows where in the track you’ve got to. You can move to another part of the track by clicking on the dot and dragging it.
Making a playlist
Step 1: Move your mouse to either an album name or a track, and right-click on it.
Step 2: Hover your mouse over ‘Save to’ and then left-click New Playlist. You can now play your favourite music without having to search for it.
Step 3: You can also ‘star’ a track to make a list of favourites that you can go back to. At Step 2 above, left-click Star instead of ‘Save to’.
Now if you click Starred in the list on the left, you’ll see that your track is listed.
Note that this only applies to tracks, not to albums.
Chris Quartermaine is a Digital Unite tutor for Chester, South Wirral and north-east Wales.
Sick of Spotify ads? Dying to take your carefully curated playlists with you on your commute home? If you want to try out the Spotify Premium experience but aren’t quite ready to cough up $9.99 a month for the privilege, Spotify offers a 30 day free trial. However, that free trial can turn you into a paying customer against your will unless you can navigate Spotify’s roundabout cancellation process. Here’s everything you need to know in order to get a truly free trial.
How to Sign Up For Spotify Premium
1. Head to Spotify.com in your web browser.
2. Click the word “Premium” on the upper right side of the webpage.
3. Click “Try Premium.” You’ll notice the 30 Day Free Trial is advertised on this option.
4. Log in with your existing Spotify Account. If you don’t have a Spotify account, click “Sign Up Here” at the bottom of the sign in window, and come back after you’ve created an account.
5. Click “Try Spotify Premium”.
6. Select your payment method and enter your zip code. You’ll be taken to a screen to fill in your Credit Card or PayPal information.
Once you make your payment of zero dollars, you’ll be taken to your receipt, and you’re ready to start checking out Spotify Premium.
At this point you haven’t been charged for anything, but you are technically subscribed to Spotify Premium. Now that Spotify has your payment information, your subscription will automatically renew in a month at which point you’ll be charged $9.99. If you don’t want to deal with the specter of auto-renewal, you can cancel your subscription immediately after subscribing and still get your 30 days of free Premium. If you decide you do want to pay for Premium, you can just subscribe again once your trial runs out.
Cancelling Your Spotify Premium Subscription
1. Log in to the Spotify website by clicking the “Log In” button at the upper right of the page and entering your log in information.
2. Click your name at the upper right page of the screen. Select “Account” from the drop-down menu.
3. Click “Subscription” from the options above your account information.
4. Click “View Your Options” under the Cancel Your Subscription header at the bottom of the list.
5. Click “Click here to continue to the cancellation page”. You’ll have to scroll down to the bottom of the page to find this link.
6. Select a reason you’re unsubscribing (you can’t continue without checking a reason) and click the “Cancel Subscription” button at the bottom of the page.
7. Click “Cancel Spotify Premium subscription”. This will bring you a page that prompts you to re-enter your account password. Yes, they really do make you go through this many “cancel subscription” screens.
8. Enter your account password and click “continue” or “Cancel Spotify Premium subscription” (the interface will vary whether your account is linked to your email or Facebook account).
You’ll get a confirmation note to tell you the date your subscription will expire. You get to keep Premium for the remainder of your 30 day trial, and you don’t have to worry about getting charged. Not bad!
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Spotify is the most popular music streaming service in the world and Sonos is one of the top brands of smart speakers. Here’s how to get them to work together.
To use Spotify on your Sonos speaker you need:
- A Sonos speaker set up and connected to your Wi-Fi network.
- A Premium Spotify account and the Spotify app installed on your smartphone. Unfortunately, Spotify doesn’t support streaming from free accounts on a Sonos.
- The Sonos Controller app (available for iOS and Android).
We’re going to demonstrate all this with an iPhone and a Sonos One, but the process should be very similar on Android.
Setting Up a Spotify Account on Your Sonos
Open the Sonos Controller app on your smartphone, tap the “More” option, and then tap the “Add Music Services” entry. From the list of services, choose Spotify.
On the Add Service page, tap the “Add to Sonos” button, and then tap the “Connect to Spotify” button on the next screen.
The Spotify app opens on your phone and passes your login details to the Sonos app. After a few seconds, the Sonos app opens back up again, and you can type a name for your Spotify account. Note that this name will only be put into use if you add additional Spotify accounts to the Sonos app. Name your account, and then tap the “Done” button.
And just like that, you’ve got Spotify set up on your Sonos. To set up another Spotify account, just follow the same steps above.
Controlling Spotify on Your Sonos
There are two ways to control Spotify on your Sonos: from the Sonos Controller app and directly from the Spotify app.
From the Sonos Controller App
Open the Sonos Controller app, select the “Browse” option and then select your Spotify account. From here you can select any music you’ve saved in Spotify, including the playlists you’ve made by going to Your Music. You can also use the other options to play music from Spotify’s own playlists and the top songs at the moment.
You can also use the “Search” tab to find any song, artist, or album you want. Spotify’s search is universal, so it lists all the locations an artist is available.
From the Spotify App
The Sonos Controller app is functional, but not very well tailored to Spotify. The best way to control Spotify on your Sonos is actually through the regular Spotify app.
Open the Spotify app and select the song, artist, or playlist you want to hear. Tap “Devices Available” to see a list of all the devices currently connected to your Spotify account. You can see one option for me is named “Kitchen.” This is the Sonos device I just set up.
Select your Sonos from the list and whatever you were listening to on Spotify starts to play on it.
Now you can just use the Spotify app as normal but, instead of music playing on your phone, it plays through your Sonos.
The Sonos Controller app is great for setting up your Sonos, but it’s not an ideal controller. It just has to work with too many different services to be great for any one of them. Fortunately, it’s easy to directly control your Sonos from the much better Spotify app.