Use IFTTT Recipes to Enhance Your Spotify Experience
Poor Spotify . Until recently, it enjoyed the rather dubious position of being the world’s most popular music streaming platform. Then, as so many others have before, it suffered a major blow to its bottom line… what I like to call, “The Attack Of The Fruit Shop!”
Yes, you guessed correctly, the mighty Apple arrived with its own music streaming service , handing out 3-month free trials like Santa Claus handing out gifts at a shopping mall. However, this doesn’t mean Spotify is a mortally wounded beast . Far from it.
Spotify has a huge userbase, an extensive music catalog, a great web player , and it has now teamed up with the popular IFTTT to bring you “Spotify On Steroids.” Here are some Spotify steroids, otherwise known as IFTTT recipes, you should be taking advantage of right now.
One of the most frustrating things about Spotify is the inability to export playlists . It seems like such a minor thing, but Spotify seems unable (or unwilling) to do it. Perhaps they think everyone will take their playlists and jump ship to Apple Music? A 3-month free trial is a big temptation to some people (including myself).
This IFTTT recipe allows you to get around this rather irritating annoyance. Every time you save a track in Spotify, it will get listed in a Google spreadsheet. Or if Google Drive doesn’t rock your boat, there is also an alternative recipe for Dropbox.
I checked for OneDrive, and even tried to make my own. But this currently doesn’t work for Microsoft’s cloud storage service. Down with Microsoft!
As for importing into iTunes, it is unfortunately not a straightforward process (nothing ever is). But it can seemingly be done with a tiny bit more work.
This IFTTT recipe offers an alternative to keeping a list of the songs that you liked during the week. Doing so means you have them delivered to you in the form of an email summary. This might be easier and tidier than a CSV file , if you’re not a fan of messing around with Excel.
It’s also good to keep archived if you have a huge amount of email space. I would actually prefer this option, but that’s just because I live in my email inbox 24/7.
If you have a smartphone (and let’s face it, you probably do), you may have the same problem as myself. I never know what wallpaper to put on the homescreen , therefore I am changing it constantly, never quite satisfied with the results. If you share my pain, and have an Android phone, this IFTTT recipe will help you out in the wallpaper department.
Whenever you save a track on Spotify, this recipe will set your phone’s wallpaper to the album cover art. The one caveat is that this is not so great if you have any embarrassing guilty pleasures on Spotify. You really don’t want Rick Astley or the Backstreet Boys showing up on your phone: it will totally ruin your street cred.
Now, THIS is a cool one. If you look at the Github page for this Spotify alarm clock, you will see what you have to do, and it is surprisingly straightforward. You simply have to set up a rule in your mail client, which runs AppleScript, and AppleScript starts Spotify. We have done numerous articles in the past about AppleScript, so be sure to check them out first if you feel your skills in that area are a little rusty.
You can now get woken up by the sweet tones of Cookie Monster’s “C is for Cookie”. The good days have arrived! Obviously, other songs are also available.
Everybody experiences mood changes, depending on the weather. When it is hot and sunny, most of us feel great. But when the dark clouds gather and it starts to rain heavily, one can’t help but feel a little grumpy.
IFTTT understands this phenomenon. So, this recipe will add a song to one of your playlists, basing its selection on the weather. IFTTT will check the weather forecast, and if it is sunny, you might get Y.M.C.A. by the Village People. On the other hand, if dark clouds are forming, you might get The End by The Doors. You just never know. Unless you look outside, I guess.
There are so many tracks to listen to on Spotify. In fact, there are so many songs that some get no love at all . Spotify can tell you which are the least heard tracks of all time so you can perhaps listen to a few and lift them out of the doldrums.
If you are a big Spotify user, then you are probably saving loads of tracks to listen to later. No doubt you will forget about some of them, so this handy IFTTT recipe simply sends a note to your iOS Reminders list .
A word of warning: this has the potential to quickly overwhelm your Reminders list, so you need to keep on top of it before things get out of hand.
Bluetooth is, in my opinion, a marvelous invention. It’s perfect for pairing up devices, and for sending data across from one device to another (my Fitbit band uses Bluetooth to send over my fitness data).
This nifty recipe is pretty straightforward. Whenever your Android phone connects to a Bluetooth device, an “Open Spotify” link will be “pushed” by PushBullet (another brilliant app) to the Bluetooth device.
Simple, straightforward, and to the point. Just the way I like my IFTTT recipes.
This one is really great, as I found out when my wife tested it last weekend. You program your home into your Android device, and when it senses that you are leaving that location (via GPS rather than magic spells), it “pushes” an “Open Spotify” link to the phone, so you can be reminded to start it up and let it rip. Of course, she chose to let it rip with cringeworthy boy bands.
Share Your Own IFTTT Recipe!
Having sifted through all of the existing IFTTT recipes with a fine-tooth comb, we suggest these are the best ones. After all, Spotify is still a newcomer to the world of IFTTT, so there are not that many recipes to choose from.
Having said that, you may your own favorite IFTTT recipes related to Spotify. So please feel free to share those with us, or take a look at the different “triggers” and make your own. If you do, leave the links in the comments section below, so we can take them for a test drive.