If you use Spotify, you're likely familiar with the countless features it offers.
However, did you know that they have a completely separate web player application, which differs from both the desktop and mobile versions?
Not only that, the Spotify web player offers a plethora of benefits and features that most users are completely unaware of.
So today, let's dive into some of the hidden features and advantages of the Spotify web player.
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What is the Spotify web player?
First, let's start by discussing the basics of what the Spotify web player is.
The Spotify web player is a free, web-based version of the popular music streaming service, Spotify. It allows users to access their Spotify account and playlists on any device with a web browser, without the need to download the desktop or mobile app.
All you need is a working internet connection, and a web browser.
How to Access the Spotify web player:
The user interface is very similar to the desktop app, which allows the web version to feel very natural right from the get-go.
To access the Spotify web player, simply visit open.spotify.com and login to your Spotify account.
Here are the official listed web browsers that support the web player:
Additionally, the web browser version is also accessible via some smart TVs and game consoles, depending on internet connection.
What are the best features of the Spotify web player?
Next, before diving into the best extensions, let's discuss some of the main benefits of using the Spotify web player.
Freedom of Choice
Free users are unable to pick a specific song when playing a playlist, artist, or album when using the mobile Spotify app. However, the web browser version allows users to choose any song they desire without restriction.
This type of account improvement without having to pay to upgrade feels like a no-brainer to utilize if you don't have a paid plan.
Another benefit of the web player is its ability to play music on multiple devices at the same time. This is particularly useful for users who want to listen to music on their computer, but also want to control the playback on their phone or tablet.
For example, if you have your computer hooked up to a TV's HDMI, or connected to a speaker setup, you can adjust the song playing or queue easily on the web browser directly from your phone. That way, you can remotely control the music selection without draining lots of battery from your phone. Also, you can avoid dealing with constant song requests from your friends or family. Just tell them to go add it to the queue on the computer. Problem = Solved.
To use this feature, simply log in to the web player, and start playing a song on one device. The song will automatically sync across accounts to show listening status on other devices, and you can control playback on any device. Super awesome.
In addition to controlling playback, the web player also offers the option to view lyrics while listening to a song. Simply click on the microphone logo in the bottom right of the player and the lyrics will appear on the screen. This is a great feature for karaoke enthusiasts or those who just want to sing along to their favorite tunes.
It may not be up to par with Apple's karaoke mode, but it certainly helpful when attempting to memorize the lyrics of your favorite songs.
10 Best Free Extensions for the Spotify web player
Those are a few awesome ways to use the web player, however, did you know you can integrate apps from the chrome web store to upgrade your experience?
That's right, custom add-ons allow for you to improve your experience with the web based version.
Now, we'll take you through our 10 favorite free extensions for the Spotify web player.
Spotify Dynamic Theme Plus (UI Improvements)
This extension duplicates a blurred version of the playing song's artwork to the background of the web browser. This simple effect is extremely visually pleasing and makes the listening experience feel more immersive.
Honestly, I wish the normal desktop app had this ability. Love love love this extension. And the publisher is constantly updating and improving the extension, so there is even more potential in the future!
SpotiAds (Ads Blocker)
Here is another awesome extension, which will block annoying audio ads from playing on Spotify. Since the web player already has freedom of choice similar to a premium account, you essentially are at a premium account for free once downloading an ad blocker.
SpotiAds is our recommended extension, but we will include three more ad blocking alternatives in case this one fails to work for your browser.
Spot-A-Voice (Voice Control)
The people who like to say "Hey Siri" or "Hey Alexa" will most certainly cherish this voice control extension for your Spotify web player.
With Spot-A-Voice, users can skip, pause, and resume playback simply by using voice commands.
This can be beneficial for users who prefer to control their music hands-free, or for those who have difficulty using a mouse or keyboard. If issues appear with this extension, there is an alternative extension with similar capabilities as Spot-A-Voice linked below as well.
This extension adds a panel to Spotify's web player that displays your friends' listening activity. This is normally a setting that is only available with the desktop app, so it is nice to be able to view what music your friend's are listening to in the web player.
Hopefully your friends don't get caught lacking with their listening preferences... lolol.
Spotify Web Player Hotkeys (Create Shortcuts)
Spotify users can use hotkeys to make it easier to control the music they listen to, allowing for quick and easy access to common functions.
Everyone knows that "spacebar" to play and pause a song eliminates the need to click on the play/pause button in the web player. However, you can take it a step further with this extension, and customize your keyboard to make the listening experience even more personalized.
For example, as you can see in this example, you can set custom commands while in the Chrome browser. That way, if you are listening to music in the background and decide to save a track, or skip past the song, you can do so quickly, without even changing tabs.
Overall, hotkeys can greatly improve efficiency when using the Spotify web player.
Spotify users can use a Mini Player to control their music, as it allows for easy access to playback controls and song information without cluttering the screen. The Mini Player displays the current song and artist, as well as playback controls and a progress bar.
With this extension, users can control their music without having to switch full-screen to the Spotify web player. Also, the Mini Player can be moved to any location on the screen, allowing users to customize its placement to their liking.
We recommend this extension, but here are two more alternatives for comparison.
Paradify (YouTube to Spotify Transfer Tool)
Have you ever heard a song you liked on YouTube, only to shortly add the track to your streaming service library or playlists? How about doing that in one click?
That is what Paradify allows you directly from a YouTube video. Although it's a minor convenience, it is something that makes the process easier in the long run.
New Volume Booster & Equalizer - Audio + (Audio Controller Tool)
With this extension, you can adjust sound control or quality, boost volume up to 400%, increase bass, edit pitch or reverb effects, and much more. Essentially, you can play around and adjust the songs as you please while listening.
Control the audio quality and volume settings to your preference. I will say, a high pitched Drake is kind of a vibe, lol. Have fun experimenting!
A/B player (Loop Parts of a Song)
This A/B play browser extension allows listeners to loop parts of their favorite songs.
Once the a/b points are set, the song will automatically repeat that section until the user changes it.
This extension can be useful for practicing a difficult musical passage, or simply enjoying a favorite part of a song.
Power Hour (Assisted Drinking Game)
This neat little extension makes the whole process of completing a power hour so much easier.
For those that don't know, a power hour drinking game requires drinks and music. That is all. During the power hour every sixty seconds, the song changes and a sip must be taken. Or, if done in teams, a drink must be finished.
This extension can automatically skip a song once it reaches 60 seconds, and keep a hour timer on screen to showcase your progress.
It’s sure to be a wild ride, so have fun and remember: practice safe drinking and don't forget your power hour power nap afterwards!
Although the extension is quite glitchy, we love a good drinking game, so it has to make the list. If it doesn't happen to work, try it out manually and let us know how your hangover is the next day!
We hope this article has shed some light on the underrated nature of the Spotify web player. Although it is often overlooked or ignored, with so many customizable extensions, Spotify's web browser option is arguably better than their mobile or desktop versions.
Ultimately, the Spotify web player is a versatile and convenient way to access and enjoy the vast library of music and podcasts offered by Spotify.
Its support for keyboard shortcuts, customization options, background playback, voice commands, and ad-blocking extensions make it a powerful and underrated option for music lovers. Whether you're using a shared or public computer, or simply want a more convenient way to access your music, the Spotify web player is definitely worth checking out.
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