Spotify has earned tremendous success and popularity among music fans lately, thanks to its huge songs library, multi-platform support, gorgeous interface and top-notch streaming quality. Whether you like pop, hip-hop, rock, metal or jazz, this freemium music service has you all covered. Those who use Spotify’s Windows variant must be aware that they cannot control its playback without opening the application window itself. This can cause quite an annoyance and disrupt your workflow, as you’d need to launch Spotify each time from the system tray whenever you wish to switch songs or adjust volume. Applications like Winfy
can come really handy in such scenarios. It is an open-source mini player that acts as add-on/plugin for navigating Spotify, and lets you control its playback without opening the app itself. This way, Spotify keeps quietly running in the background, while you can control its playback in a separate minuscule window.
Pandora, Spotify, YouTube, and SoundCloud are some of the common services I use when I need to listen to music. Each one offers something unique based on how I want to listen to music. Pandora knows what I like and I often discover new songs there, Spotify is great for when I need a playlist to match my taste, YouTube is good for music videos, and SoundCloud is my number one source for amazing remixes and song covers. TuneCrawl
is a useful little web app for music lovers who, like me, use more than a single service to listen to songs. It lets you search for songs by artist name or by song title across three services: YouTube, Spotify and SoundCloud, from a single place. The songs can be played directly on TuneCrawl via the respective service’s media player.
There are quite a few apps available in the App Store that allow you to control your Mac. Likewise, there is an equivalent number of apps in the Mac App Store that allow you to control your iOS device. We have covered a fair number of both, but if your desktop computer is a Mac and your preferred phone runs Android, you might not find many apps to bridge this gap. Mac Remote
is an Android app that lets you control iTunes, VLC player, iPhoto, Spotify, Quicktime, MPplayerX, and Preview on your Mac. You can also use it to put your Mac system to sleep, shut it down, and increase or decrease its brightness and volume levels. Mac Remote works over your Wi-Fi network and requires you to manually connect your Mac to the app. No Mac app is required in the process.
The battle among audio streaming services has been turned into a blazing hot one for the past few years. Even though there’s no shortage of audio streaming services on the internet with names like Last.fm, Rdio, Pandora etc. being some that come to mind instantly, Spotify probably takes the lead, both in terms of interface and functionality - not to mention its huge collection of audio library. For me, it’s unarguably the best music manager around that I simply can’t stop listening to. However, despite all these features, it lacks a few elements that many users would want, one of them being the lack of global hotkeys. Each time you want to change a track or turn the volume, you need to manually do it through Spotify's interface. Third-party tool Toastify
has taken up the gauntlet to restore this missing functionality that should’ve been there in the first place.
Managing music is never easy, especially if you have several devices that you like to listen to Music. It gets even more complicated when you’ve subscribed to several different services. Music services are rarely built to play nice with each other, since they have to compete. You will occasionally find a way to scrobble tracks from Last.fm to Grooveshark, but that is about as lucky as you get. Pandora to Spotify Playlist Converter
is a Chrome extension that allows you to easily import the tracks from Pandora to Spotify. The extension doesn’t automate the process nor does it connect your Pandora account to your Spotify one. What it does is analyze the tracks you’ve liked on Pandora and find the Spotify link for each one. You can then use the link to easily add those songs to your Spotify playlist.
Most online services start out with a web interface and work their way up to desktop and mobile apps. Spotify
did the exact opposite; it started out with desktop and mobile apps and has just introduced a web player that is slowing being rolled out to different Spotify accounts. Regardless whether or not you have a paid subscription to the service or just a free one, you should be able use the web interface which lets you play music, listen to and create different radio stations, and manage playlists. The interface is stunning yet simple although it might be a little crowded if you use it on a smaller screen. The web player consists of four sections; a section bar at the far left that allows you to move to your playlists, the radio, or check out what’s new, the section to its left shows additional controls for the tab you’re in whereas the last two larger ones list your music and showcase the music player. The web player and the new web interface bear little resemblance to its desktop app.
The web has a massive collection of all types of music streaming services offering more than enough ways for listening to online tracks, but sometimes, this abundance can double as a problem, making it difficult to find what you're looking for in a hurry. While some people always use the same online music services, others switch between different ones to listen to their favorite music. MusicSmasher
is a music discovery search engine that integrates some of the major online music streaming services, all in a single interface. Included engines include Grooveshark, SoundCloud, MOG, Spotify and more. MusicSmasher displays results in lists with different colors in a neat layout, so you can easily locate the track of your choice and navigate to the original source with minimum friction.
Whether you’re crazy about technology or not, you may probably know that sending commands to your computer via brain signals is quite possibly the coolest thing to do (in addition to owning a flying car). While that isn’t possible just yet, what you can do is send signals to your Mac by simple hand gestures that are read through your webcam. Flutter
is a free Mac app that lets you just that. Don’t confuse these hand gestures with the same ones you use to swipe through desktop spaces or access mission control. Flutter reads your actions via your webcam. For now, it only lets you pause and play iTunes or Spotify by simply holding up your hand to the camera.
The official Spotify website boasts that the popular music service has about 15 million tracks in its humongous library. This is awesome when you know what exactly you're looking for (or at least have a vague idea) but if you just want to spend some time listening to quality music, good luck browsing through all those tracks! That’s where Metafy
enters the scene. Metafy is a music discovery app for iOS which uses MetaCritic’s (a popular music rating service) data to rank Spotify songs according to a variety of criteria. So if you are an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch user and want to discover quality music you are yet to listen to, Metafy is for you.
Ever create a great playlist in Spotify and think your work of genius should be shared with the world, or your friends at the least? Or have you ever had one of those days when all your music was just boring you to death and you couldn’t find something better to listen to? ShareMyPlaylists
is a web service that not only makes it easy to share your Spotify playlists on Facebook and Twitter but also with the ShareMyPlaylists community. It gives you access to a large library of user created playlists that you can browse in your browser but play in Spotify.
Ever wanted to control iTunes or Spotify desktop player without having to open their main windows? In the past, we have featured iTunes menu bar controllers which allow playing and skipping through tracks from their menulets, such as, myTunesControl
, and Musica
. Just like for iTunes, there are many tools available for Spotify too, such as, SpotiMy, Spotify Menubar, etc., which sits in menu bar letting users control Spotify streaming and track navigation. If you don’t want to clutter up your system menu bar with iTunes and Spotify menu bar controllers, you may want to have a look at DockPlay iTunes
and DockPlay Spotify
Spotify, despite being one of the most popular online music streaming service, doesn’t provide advanced options to enhance music listening experience. One feature which I feel is missing and must be integrated into Spotify desktop client is the audio equalizer. Spotify has a nice interface but when it comes to player related options, it only caters to basic features, like playback controls, track navigation controls, etc. Equalify
is an audio equalizer for Spotify developed by a third-party developer. Instead of tweaking your sound card’s native audio settings, you can launch Equalify from within the Spotify UI to amplify and enhance the sound quality. It is a preset-based equalizer supporting as many presets as you can save.
Playlists, once created are the easiest way to listen to your favorite tracks; whether you’re jogging, working or trying to get inspired, you always have a set of songs ready for the occasion. What can sometimes be a pain is of course creating a playlist especially if you’ve grown tired of the ones in your current list and are looking for something new but similar. Spotify Playlist Generator is a desktop application that creates playlists for Spotify based on a single artist of your interest. Read More
Spotify is a popular music service where you can listen to the music for free but hey, with free version comes advertisement which is run after every two or three song tracks. For some people it is fine because they get to listen to the music for free but if you really feel irritated, Smutefy
is an ultimate application wich will help. It is developed to block Spotify ads while listening to your favorite music. Read More
Spotify is no surprise growing at a very fast pace. It is the most popular music service in Europe and the desktop client, simply put, is “Awesome”. But like all other desktop applications it lacks some necessary features which is what brings you to this post. Spotify Tweaks is a simple addon for Spotify that adds additional functionality to the original program. In layman’s term, it acts like Spotify’s extension and adds six new features. Read More
Spotify is the latest upcoming music service that is taking the world by storm. At the moment Spotify is only available in selected countries across Europe and will soon open in US. Spotify allows user to search and listen to their favorite music, if you like the song you can purchase it.
is the fastest growing music service in Western Europe and is soon going to expand to USA, Canada, and other countries. Even through the Spotify desktop app is liked by most users, there is one downside to it – no remote control support. Yes you heard it right, almost everyone wants to control Spotify from his/her iPhone or iPod Touch, but there is no way to do it, until now.