Spotify lyrics on Mac Archives

Spotify lyrics on Mac Archives

Spotify lyrics on Mac Archives

Spotify lyrics on Mac Archives

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The Mac apps for the two most dominant music streaming services---Spotify and Apple Music---have come a long way. Since they released, both have pushed several updates to sustain their growing user bases.

But for power users who listen to music all the time, there are still a lot of features absent. So we're looking at some great third-party Spotify and Apple Music add-on apps for Mac that you should try.

1. SpotMenu

SpotMenu is a handy Mac app that puts a mini-player in the menu bar. You can select its icon (which also shows the active track's name) to reveal quick playback actions for Spotify or iTunes such as play, pause, next, and others.

Plus, SpotMenu even displays the album art and a tiny progress bar you can employ to instantly scrub through the song. The app lets you customize its interface per your preferences too. You can disable elements such as the track's title in the menu bar to make it a bit cleaner.

Download:SpotMenu (Free)

2. Silicio

Silicio is another mini-player you can install for easily controlling Spotify or Apple Music playback. But instead of dropping down from the menu bar, Silicio adds a floating window which features a minimalist design similar to SpotMenu.

Apart from hosting playback options, Silicio lets you view the track's title, artist, and associated album art. In addition, there are a bunch of personalization settings to get into.

Silicio allows you to alter the size of the floating window and trigger it through a range of custom shortcuts. You can also pin it in the notification center if, for some reason, Spotify or Apple Music's official widget won't work.

On top of that, Silicio comes with Last.fm integration if you'd like to build a personal library based on the tracks you've played in the past.

Download:Silicio (Free)

3. Mac Media Key Forwarder

The media keys on a Mac keyboard are infamous for abrupt malfunctions. More often than not, you're forced to restart the music app or the computer entirely to regain usage of them. Fortunately, there's a better fix available now; it's called Mac Media Key Forwarder.

Mac Media Key Forwarder is a simple app through which you can manually prioritize Spotify or Apple Music for the keyboard's media buttons. It lives in the menu bar so that you can switch between the two services without having to go through any settings.

Download:Mac Media Key Forwarder (Free)

4. Denied

Spotify and Apple Music have both made a name for themselves with smart radio algorithms and human-curated playlists. But they're not always accurate and will sometimes play an album or artist you don't enjoy. With a clever Mac utility called Denied, you don't have to worry about that happening anymore.

Denied comes with the ability to configure what it calls "rules" for Spotify and Apple Music playback. For instance, you can set one up for "Post Malone" and whenever your streaming app tries to play something by that artist, Denied will automatically skip it for you. Similarly, you can add multiple rules for albums and particular tracks.

That's not all. Denied enables you to get around repeating songs you've listened to in the past few hours or those that have explicit lyrics. If you're an iTunes user, Denied also works with music you've disliked.

Download:Denied (Free)

5. Muzie

With so many companies entering the music streaming space, there's an abundance of choices available. Settling on one, though, is a tough decision as you end up jumping among numerous apps. Muzie thinks it can make that situation a little more bearable. It does so by letting you use multiple music streaming services on a single platform.

Muzie is a free Mac app where you can set up accounts for the majority of music platforms (except for Apple Music) and operate them all in one place. The app achieves this by essentially using a web wrapper. Moreover, you'll find a couple of additional convenient features such as quick muting options and a responsive layout.

Download:Muzie (Free)

6. Musixmatch

Have you ever headed to a search engine to read the lyrics of a song you recently heard? Well, with Musixmatch's Mac app, you no longer have to do that. The free app will automatically pull up the live lyrics of the track playing through Spotify or Apple Music.

Musixmatch allows you to follow along by matching the music's pace. You can, of course, view the entire lyrics with a click of a button. Musixmatch's mini-player has playback options too, enabling you to quickly perform actions like skipping or seeking.

Download:Musixmatch (Free)

7. Alfred Workflows for Spotify and Apple Music

Spotlight, the native universal search function of macOS, still doesn't have the ability to fetch results from inside third-party apps. That means if you'd like to look up tracks or playlists, you have to rely on the app's own search.

But for people who would prefer a quicker shortcut to access their library, there's an option. It's called Alfred, which is one of the many third-party universal search apps for Mac.

Think of Alfred as Spotlight on steroids. It retains the efficiency of macOS's built-in tool but comes with a vastly superior set of capabilities. The one that matters here is that you can build and install workflows for third-party services.

Alfred has add-ons for both Apple Music and Spotify that enable instant searching of your library through the app's universal search. You can also execute commands like play and pause right from the search bar.

While Alfred does offer a free version, you'll need pay for the premium Powerpack package to benefit from the workflow feature.

Download:Alfred (Free, $31 premium version available)Download:Alfred Spotify Mini Player (Free)Download:iTunes Mini Player (Free)

App Integrations to Supercharge Spotify

While Spotify and Apple Music's own Mac apps offer an ample number of features on their own, these third-party extensions will certainly let you overcome their handful of flaws. They make listening to music even better.

When you're done checking out these apps, you may like to explore various Spotify app integrations that are worth setting up.

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11 More Awesome Spotify Tips and Tricks You're Probably Not Using

Even if you listen to Spotify every day, there are tons of features you may not know about. Whether you want to show off the songs you’re listening to, hide your listening activity completely, or get the most out of new additions like Discover Weekly, here are some great Spotify features that are right under your nose.

Listen to (and Archive) Spotify’s Discover Weekly Playlist

Spotify made a huge splash last year with the Discover Weekly playlist. Every Monday morning, a playlist of songs tailored to your listening preferences will automatically pop up in your list of playlists, no sign ups or additional actions required. Essentially, it’s like a friend that knows your music tastes taking the time to make you a mixtape every week. Its creator, Matthew Ogle, recently explained how it all works to Stuff:

There’s two parts to it. First, we look at all the music you’ve been playing on Spotify but we give more emphasis to the stuff you’ve been jamming on recently. Something that you played yesterday is probably more interesting to you than something you played six months ago. But the real core of it is looking at the relationships between songs based on what other users are playlisting around the songs that you’ve been listening to and essentially finding the missing ones – the ones you haven’t heard yet, or maybe haven’t heard much.

Spotify interactive Running playlists, or their sort-of-gimmicky Year In Music, but Discover Weekly is actually worth paying attention to. A lot of people, myself included, have been amazed at how well it works. According to Spotify, more than 1 billion songs have been streamed through Discover Weekly playlists, and more than 70% of listeners saved at least one track to their own playlists over the past 10 weeks. If you haven’t given it a chance yet, you absolutely should.

There is a small catch, however. Your Discover Weekly playlist gets wiped and refreshed with new songs every Monday. If you had a busy week or forgot to check it out, you could miss out on hearing your new favorite song. Fortunately, this IFTTT recipe from user xxnu will automatically move your Discover Weekly songs into a separate playlist every week so you never miss a tune.

View Your History and Add Great Songs You Missed

Have you ever been bopping along to a great radio station or someone else’s playlist, heard an awesome song, got sidetracked, and completely forgot what it was? Me too. It’s okay, we don’t have to be sad because we missed out on adding it to our own playlists.

Open the Spotify desktop app, then click the hamburger icon in the lower right-hand corner to open up your play queue. Once there, you can see what songs are going to play next, and more importantly, every song you’ve already listened to. Your play history is synced up across your account, so it even includes songs you listened to on your phone, in the browser at work, or on your video game console. If you’re having a hard time finding an awesome song you heard earlier, this is a great place to start.

Instantly Add Tracks to Spotify from Shazam for iPhone or Android

The Shazam app is great for identifying that funky fresh song playing way too loudly in Urban Outfitters or Forever 21. It’s even better if you connect your Spotify account to Shazam. Once they’re synced up, and Shazam has identified the song you’re listening to, hit the tiny arrow next to the play button. You’ll see a drop down menu with a Spotify option listed. When you start to play it in Spotify, you can then add it to your own library with just a few taps.

Drag and Drop Song Links Anywhere

Spotify lets you share tracks via URL links and HTML embed code, but you can also share track links simply by dragging them from your desktop app. Click and drag the song you want to share into any text field and Spotify will automatically create a link for the song with the song’s title and recording artist. This makes sharing songs with someone over email or Facebook message a piece of cake, and it looks nice too.

Use Private Listening Sessions to Hide Your Activity

Spotify’s community mentality is great for sharing music, but sometimes it would be nice to listen without all of your Spotify and Facebook friends knowing. We’ve talked about how you can completely hide your activity and playlists before, but what if you’re active in the Spotify community and just want a temporary smoke screen? All you need to do is start a private session.

Go to the File menu, then click “Private Session” in the dropdown menu. Now you can listen to whatever you want without anyone knowing, until you either restart the client or disable private listening. Now you can practice your karaoke cover of the Backstreet Boys’ “I Want It That Way” without showing the whole world you played that song 38 times in a row. If you want to hide all of your activity from Spotify and Facebook friends for good, open up the desktop app, head to Edit, then click Preferences. In the “Social” section, toggle off everything you see there and disconnect your Facebook profile if it’s connected.

Tap to Preview Albums and Playlists in iOS

If you have the Spotify app on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch, you don’t need to open a playlist just to see what songs are on it. Tap and hold the playlist title and you’ll see the album artwork to the first five songs in that playlist. As you hold your finger down and slide over each image, you’ll get a quick preview of each song.

You can do the same thing with albums, or Spotify’s own pre-made playlists. It may not seem like a huge time-saver, but when you have several similarly-named playlists like “New Tunes 3” (like I do), it helps you search and decide what to listen to quickly.

Master Spotify’s Keyboard Shortcuts

You may not know it, but Spotify can be controlled entirely with keyboard shortcuts. For example, you can skip and play previous tracks with CTRL + Right Arrow and CTRL + Left Arrow on Windows, or CTRL + CMD + Right Arrow and CTRL + CMD + Right Arrow on OS X. Or you can maximize the in-app volume with CTRL + Shift + Up Arrow on Windows, or CMD + Shift + Up Arrow on OS X.

Recover a Deleted Playlist

If you can’t find one of your playlists, accidentally deleted one, or just want to bring an old friend back from the dead, Spotify holds onto deleted playlists for a long time. To recover a deleted playlist, head to your account page in a web browser, and find the “Recover Playlists” option on the left-hand side. Once there, look for the playlist you want to resurrect, and click the “restore” button. Like magic, it will reappear in your Spotify apps again.

Find “Clean” or “Explicit” Versions of Specific Albums

It can be annoyingly difficult to track down the “explicit” or “clean” versions of songs and albums, meaning you’re stuck listening to the radio version of your favorite track when you really want the original, unedited one . It seems that Spotify deems one version to be the “popular” version, making your search for the other version a bit of a wild goose chase. Here’s what to do instead: The next time you land on an album’s page in the desktop app and you’re after the alternative version—either clean or explicit—scroll down and look for the “1 More Release” button. When you click it, you’ll see the alternate version so you can choose whicher one you please.

Listen to Your Spotify Music In Your Uber Ride

Starting this past November, Spotify and Uber teamed up so you can listen to your playlists through your driver’s sound system. To set it up, open the Uber app on your phone, and head to your profile settings. Scroll to the bottom and tap “Connect Spotify.” Enter your Spotify credentials and you’re ready to hail a ride. When a Spotify-enabled driver gets assigned to you, you’ll see a small icon next to their driver profile in the Uber app. From there, you can decide what playlist to listen to once your ride starts.

Keep in mind, however, that not all drivers have Spotify enabled, and service is only available to Spotify premium users. Also, the option was only available in London, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Nashville, New York, San Francisco, Singapore, Stockholm, Toronto, and Sydney upon release, but the service has been rolling out to more cities over the last few months. The only way to know if it’s available for you is to check your Uber app.

Turn the Spotify Desktop App Into a Karaoke Machine

The Spotify can also turn any computer into a karaoke machine at the press of button. Start playing the song you want to sing, then find the “Lyrics” button in the bottom right-hand corner of the window. Once you click it, you’ll have scrolling lyrics for almost every song in Spotify’s massive library. You can also adjust the size of the lyrics, or choose to see the entirety of the songs lyrics all at once.

Showing song lyrics used to require a third party app, but Spotify did away with apps and rolled this feature into the service natively. The lyrics section also lets you search for other songs by their lyrics in the upper right-hand corner. Instead of bouncing from Google to Spotify to find “that one song that kind of goes like this,” you can do it all through the desktop app now.

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These 2 New Mac Miller Songs WIll Give You A New Way To Remember The Musician

Even after his death, Mac Miller is still able to move people through his music. And these two new, posthumous Mac Miller songs released by Spotify have prolonged his legacy even further. Before his death in September of 2018, Miller recorded a new version of his 2018 song "Dunno" and a cover of Billy Preston's "Nothing from Nothing" at a Spotify Singles session, and both songs were added to the music service on Tuesday, Nov. 27. These two new singles are bound to leave an impact on Miller fans, not only because of their emotional sound, but because it's a chance to hear the musician again.

"Dunno" is from Miller's album Swimming that he released a month before his death. The live Spotify version of "Dunno" is even more stripped down and raw than the original. That might make it even harder to listen to, especially as the lyrics seem to be about his ex-girlfriend Ariana Grande. But fans will find that it is well worth a listen.

His cover of Preston's 1974 song "Nothing from Nothing" is equally as melancholy — even at only one minute and 51 seconds. While the original was a bouncy, upbeat hit, Miller's version makes you really think about the meaning behind the lyrics, "Nothing from nothing leaves nothing/Gotta have something if you wanna be with me."

On Sept. 7, Miller died suddenly at the age of 26 at his home in Studio City, California. His death was officially ruled as a fatal accidental overdose of fentanyl, cocaine, and alcohol by the coroner in November, as reported by The New York Times. The rapper had been open about his struggles with addiction throughout his career, but his death was still a shock.

As the Los Angeles Times reported, Miller's career was far from over when he died. He had been scheduled to play a concert on Halloween at the Greek Theatre in L.A., which his family turned into the "Mac Miller: A Celebration of Life" tribute concert. The concert featured performances by Chance the Rapper, SZA, and Travis Scott and proceeds from the event went to the Mac Miller Circles Fund (MMCF). The MMCF was established after Miller's death and gives arts-focused opportunities to youth from underserved communities.

Miller's death affected many, including members of the music community and his fans. Grande herself has been vocal about the grief she has experienced since his passing. The longtime friends had collaborated on the songs "The Way" and "My Favorite Part." And they dated from 2016 to 2018 before they broke up and Grande started seeing now ex-fiancé Pete Davidson. He is one of a handful of exes to receive a shoutout on Grande's newest hit single "Thank U, Next," on which she sings, "Wish I could thank Malcolm, 'cause he was an angel."

Even though his fans may not have personally known Miller like Grande, they are still mourning his passing too. And while these posthumously released singles may leave you in tears, hearing Miller perform again should also serve as a reminder of the talent that he possessed. And maybe that can be a small source of comfort.

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