Online music streaming is becoming increasingly popular. Although the likes of Radiohead and Taylor Swift might wish it wasn’t, the industry is now an unstoppable juggernaut that more and more people are making use of.
One of the best things about the growth of services like Spotify, Apple Music, and Google Play Music is music sharing and music discovery. You no longer need to sit in front of the radio for hours to record your workout songs on a cassette, or make a mixtape for your crush; you can make your list in minutes then share your creation digitally in seconds.
Here are six of the best ways to find and share playlists:
One of the simplest solutions for sharing playlists is to use Spotify itself. It’s the best tool if you want to make lists for parties or create joint lists with friends.
The first step is to create a new playlist. You do this by navigating to File > New Playlist. Give the list a name and click on it to open it. Add a couple of songs, and you’re ready to share.
At this point there are a few different routes you can take.
Firstly, you can opt to make the list public. Use this option if you’re planning to share it using some of the other tools on this list, but be aware that anyone will be able to find it by using Spotify’s search function.
Alternatively, you can share the playlist’s URL with friends and family. The list itself will remain private, but anyone who has the link will be able to access it.
Lastly, you can make your playlist collaborative. This is a great option for parties and family get-togethers; anyone who has a Spotify account will be able to add music and choose what’s currently playing.
You can access all these features by clicking the three horizontal dots and choosing your desired option.
Despite its age, 8tracks remains one of the best places on the web for both sharing your own playlists and discovering new ones. The name “8tracks” comes from the nature of the playlists offered – each one needs at least eight tracks to be accepted into its library.
This service does not work with Spotify, SoundCloud, or any other similar service. It’s an entirely standalone product which is ad-free and legal. Once you’ve registered you can either browse the site and listen to user-created playlists or create your own list for other people to enjoy.
It might not be as well-known as some of its bigger rivals, but it was included in Time magazine’s 50 Best Websites of 2011, so you know you’re on solid ground.
SoundShare is an app rather than a website, but is highly unique thanks to the way it pulls together Apple Music, Spotify, Deezer, and YouTube.
The app’s main purpose is to bring a social element into the various services, but a great offshoot of this is the ability to share and create collaborative playlists with friends and family regardless of which music service they subscribe to.
The social features also include liking songs, commenting on what your friends are currently listening to, and a way to find and follow users with similar musical tastes.
Sadly, the app is only available on iOS at the time of writing.
Unsurprisingly, Reddit has lots of subreddits for the various music streaming services. People occasionally use them for asking questions and troubleshooting, but they’re overwhelmingly focused on sharing and discovering playlists.
With almost 40,000 subscribers, the Spotify subreddit is arguably the best. It’s a vibrant and active community; several new playlists are released every day across a diverse range of tastes and genres.
The mods have also deployed a really cool bot that will automatically analyze any posted playlists and give you a summary of what’s included and what else you should listen to if you liked the list. It’s a quick and easy way to discover new music.
If you want feedback from internet strangers on your musical tastes, Reddit is the place to go.
5. Instant FM
Instant FM is designed for creating and sharing YouTube music playlists.
YouTube might not be the first service that comes to mind when you think about online music, but with the launch of Vevo – a collaboration between the world’s biggest record labels – in 2009, it has now become a primary source of audio for millions of people.
Instant FM pulls in the video from YouTube and artist information from Last.fm to provide an in-depth, if somewhat aesthetically basic, way to create and share your tastes.
Given that YouTube is free (unless you’re a YouTube Red subscriber), this is a perfect tool for people who don’t/can’t pay for a premium subscription with a more traditional music streaming provider.
Playlists.net is a site that allows anyone with a Spotify account to submit and subscribe to playlists.
It’s hugely popular; it now has over 170,000 playlists available for you to peruse, more than 400,000 users, and 1.5 million monthly visitors.
Adding your own playlist is easy – you just need to make it public and add the URL. Where the service really shines, however, is in playlist discovery.
Discovery features include a playlist generator, a daily chart of the hottest songs on the site, and an extensive search function.
How Do You Share Your Playlists?
I hope these six methods provide you with a starting point for sharing your own playlists with family and friends. It’s not easy to find a reliable way to share your creations when there are so many streaming services in direct competition with each other, but we’d love to hear your input.
Have you tried any of the methods we discussed above? Which did you find to be the best? Perhaps we missed your favorite app or website, in which case feel free to tell us all about it.
Please leave your tips, opinions, and/or recommendations in the comments section below.
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