Music is a lot more fun when you share it with the world. The only musical experience better than discovering new music is sharing that music with others.
Thankfully, in the age of streaming music, sharing is easier than ever. Whether you want to publish your custom playlists to the world or create a fresh mixtape with friends, here’s how you can do it.
Sharing Playlists on Spotify Desktop
If you primarily use Spotify on your computer, you have several options for sharing playlists.
First, make sure you have a playlist to share. If you need to make a new one, just click the New Playlist button above the album art on the left side of the screen. Give it a name and some slick art if you like, then you can add tracks to it anytime.
Click and drag a song or album onto a playlist in your left sidebar to add it. Or you can right-click a song or playlist and choose Add to Playlist > [Playlist Name].
Once your playlist is ready, click its name from the list. Then click the three-dot More button next to the Play button to access some options. Highlight Share to get easy links to share on Facebook, Messenger, Twitter, Telegram, Skype, and Tumblr. Each one of these will open the corresponding website with a pre-formatted message, including a link to the playlist.
The Major Sharing Links
You’ll see three other options at the bottom of the Share list:
- Playlist Link: This is a standard URL that points to your playlist. If you open it in your browser, Spotify will open it in the web player. You can also drag it over the Spotify desktop app to open it.
- Embed Code: Use this code to embed a widget with your playlist on a blog or forum post. If you edit the HTML, you can change the size, color, and other properties of the widget. See Spotify’s post on embedding for more info.
Example: <iframe src="https://open.spotify.com/embed/user/1227615803/playlist/4N6bBIXiJedXGrmKEDDCXl" width="300" height="380" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true"></iframe>
- Spotify URI: This is a special link that will open the playlist in Spotify’s desktop app when someone clicks it.
URI stands for Uniform Resource Identifier. You might be familiar with other types of URIs, such as mailto. When you click a link that points to mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org, your computer opens your default email app with that address in the To field.
When you click a link with a Spotify’s URI, you jump right to the album or playlist it points to. They differ from from Playlist Link in that a URI link opens the desktop program, while the normal link opens Spotify Web.
Note that in Spotify Web, you only have the option to copy a playlist link.
If you want some help making awesome Spotify playlists, you can set them as collaborative. A collaborative playlist lets anyone with the link make changes to it. This is great for opening up suggestions for an event — just make sure you trust everyone who has access. You wouldn’t want someone sneaking an inappropriate track in!
Click the More button on a playlist and choose Collaborative Playlist to let others make changes. You can reverse this anytime if you think it’s good as is.
Public vs. Private Playlists
You’ll notice one other option on the playlist options. If you select Make Public, anyone using Spotify can access the playlist. They can’t make changes, but they’ll be able to see what’s in it. It appears on your profile, as well as in search results. Following a playlist lets you keep track of it in your list.
If a playlist is only for your use, you should keep this disabled. But if you think your playlist is great and want others to find it, make it public.
Sharing Playlists on Mobile
Sharing on your phone offers most of the same ways of sharing on the desktop, with a few differences.
Open a playlist and tap the three-dot Menu button to access various options. You’ll see Make Collaborative and Make Public, which are identical to their desktop counterparts. Tap Share, though, and you’ll have some new options.
Select an app like Facebook or WhatsApp to easily share to those services. If you prefer, you can tap More and share via any app on your phone. So if you use a different messaging app and want to send it to your friends, you can easily do that without having to copy and paste a link.
The other handy sharing method exclusive to mobile is Spotify’s Codes. These are small tags unique to every song, album, and playlist. Using Spotify mobile app, you can tap the Camera icon on the Search tab to scan a code and jump to its page.
To generate a code, just tap the three-dot Menu button on your playlist. You can then take a screenshot and send it to friends if you want, or just have them scan it right on your phone. Spotify hopes that these codes revolutionize how people share music, but we’ll see if that happens.
Share Playlists Online
We conclude with a few alternate ways to share your playlists with the world.
Playlists.net is one resource for finding and sharing playlists. Log in and connect your account with Spotify, then click the Submit a Playlist button to add yours to the mix. Others can browse and search for playlists. Hopefully, they’ll come across yours.
Another great site is SharePlaylists. It offers a similar function: create an account and connect it with Spotify, then share your mixtapes with the world. Even if you don’t want to share anything, it’s a great way to discover something new.
What Will You Share?
Now you know how to share Spotify playlists without any effort. Whether you want to send some music to friends or create the next great mix, you can do it easily with these methods. It’s a lot easier than handing someone some vinyl off the shelf, isn’t it?
For more information on successfully streaming music, check out our complete guide to using Spotify.
Do you share Spotify playlists with family, friends, or the wider world? Please tell us how you share your playlists in the comments below. Or you can always paste a link to your favorite Spotify playlist!