Using the Spotify Desktop App on Mac is a great way to enjoy your favorite music on the go. The desktop app has a lot of cool features that can make your listening experience much more enjoyable. Here are some tips to help you get started:
Changes to the UI
Streaming music service Spotify is introducing changes to the UI of their desktop app for Mac. The new features are designed to improve the user experience.
The revamped UI gives users a more streamlined look and feel. In addition, Spotify is providing users with some other features to help them use the desktop application.
In the new Spotify desktop app, there are now new controls and keyboard shortcuts to assist users in navigating the application. Some of these features include the ability to search for music, download tracks, and edit playlists. It also includes a new “Music feed,” which suggests albums, tracks, and podcasts.
The redesign is similar to the mobile version, but has been given a cleaner look. The artwork has been filtered, and the interface has been updated with larger fonts and rounded graphics.
The update should roll out to all users in the coming weeks. In the meantime, users can restore the old UI by editing the app’s config file. This config file is located in the AppData folder, which can be accessed by any operating system. To open the folder, you must enable Hidden Files in your operating system.
The updated UI is not as interactive as the old one. There are fewer icons to navigate through, and the track sharing options have been replaced with more attractive graphics. The Discover tab, however, does display a grid of suggestions.
The redesign also includes a few other features, including an embedded search bar. The search bar used to be above the Your Library option, but has now moved to the bottom of the navigation panel. The new search bar has a more Google+-like look.
Search bar now in the middle
Previously, the Spotify desktop app had a search bar located at the top left-hand corner of the screen. However, it has moved to the middle of the page. The new search bar will be found in the top center. It is now easier to find the songs you want to listen to.
Another change to the Spotify desktop app is a home icon. This icon displays recommendations based on your listening history. You can use it to find music playlists, share your favorites, or change playback settings.
When you have selected a song or podcast to play, the next screen will display the current playing song and show the name of the artist. You can also add the song to a playlist, bookmark it, or share it with an app. If you have an iPhone, you can even use the AirPlay icon to connect the device to your Spotify app.
If you are using the Spotify mobile app, the search bar is located on the top right-hand side of the app. When you click on the search bar, you will be prompted with a question. The answer is “What do you want to listen to?” You can search for playlists, artists, or genres. You can also use the radio button to choose a song.
The home icon also has a podcast icon. This is similar to the old Windows Media Player’s podcasts icon. When you select a podcast, the icon will change to three vertical lines with dots.
The home icon will also show you your recently played podcasts. You can play a podcast episode offline. You can also search for playlists in your library.
Lofi Spotify Mini Player
Besides using the Spotify Desktop application, there are other ways to play your Spotify tracks on your computer. One of these methods is the Lofi Spotify Mini Player. This free and open source app allows you to enjoy your favorite Spotify tracks without opening the main window. It is available for both Windows and Mac platforms.
Its user-friendly interface makes it simple to control and personalize. You can even change the volume. You can also skip and control the music. It also offers a full screen mode. It displays the title, artist, and album art of the current track. It is compatible with both YouTube and SoundCloud.
Unlike the Spotify Desktop app, Lofi does not allow you to play your songs in full screen. However, it is possible to set the main window to always be on top. You can also use Ctrl-Left or Ctrl-Right shortcuts to skip the song.
To use Lofi, you must authorize the app in your Spotify account. After you do, you will be able to access your playlists, artists, and tracks. You can also sync your audio files from other sources. You can also design your own visualizations.
Although the Lofi app requires you to log into your Spotify account and authorize it, it does not take up too much space on your computer. Its minimalist design and easy-to-use interface make it ideal for those who want a small player.
You can download the app from the official website. Once you have installed it, you can manage your Spotify playlists and track titles. You can also control the volume and playback. It is compatible with both iTunes and Spotify.
Lofi is not an official Spotify mini player, but it is a good alternative. You can easily control the playback of your Spotify tracks, pause, and adjust the volume of the music.
Create a playlist
Using the Spotify desktop app on Mac, you can create a playlist, save it, and share it with other people. You can also add and remove songs to and from your playlist.
In the left pane of the Spotify app, you will find a “Create Playlist” button. Click on this and a window will open with a number of different options. You can choose to add a song, add a cover image, and add a description.
The next step is to select the music you want to include in your playlist. The iTunes app is another option. In the Local Files section, you can use the Ctrl + A shortcut to select all of the songs in your local library. You can then drag and drop them into a new playlist.
To add a cover image to your playlist, click on the “Image” icon. This will open the Spotify file explorer. Once you have selected your photo, you can click on the “Save” icon. This will save the new playlist and save the image you just uploaded.
To remove a song from your playlist, you can click on the song. If you wish to delete it permanently, you can press the Delete button. If you just wish to add it to another playlist, you can press the Add to Playlist button.
If you want to collaborate on your playlist, you can invite other users to create one with you. Then, you can text, email, or messenger them a link.
Once you have added your songs, you can then share your playlist on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram. You can also send a URL, QR code, or text message to anyone who you want to be able to view your playlist.
Clean up the Hosts File
Luckily, Mac OS X has a hosts file that allows you to override DNS servers for specific websites. While this isn’t something most people would want to do on a regular basis, it can be handy for emergencies. If you need to make changes to the host file, you can do so from the command line or through a free application such as HostsMan.
The /etc/hosts file is relatively simple. It contains a few lines of active code. It also contains several lines of descriptive text.
The UNIX nano text editor is included in Mac OS X, and can be used to edit the host file. It’s a good idea to save the file somewhere safe. After you’ve edited the host file, you can either move it back to its original location or delete it.
The hosts file isn’t a database, but it does contain a few lines of active code. These include the so-called’smart’ addresses, which are web addresses that the Mac uses to locate the sites you visit.
The hosts file is one of the most important parts of your computer. If you don’t have administrative permissions, you won’t be able to make any changes to it. If you have administrative permissions, you can get to it via the command line, and if you haven’t yet upgraded to macOS, you can do so using the Finder app. To open the Finder, click the desktop. You’ll then see a menu that includes a search box. Type in “/private/etc/hosts” and hit enter. You’ll be prompted to provide an administrator’s password.
The hosts file isn’t the only thing that can be edited in this manner. You can also use a freeware application like HostsMan to manage the host file, if you have the requisite administrative permissions.