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How to Use Spotify Codes to Share or Listen to Music

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Spotify codes make it easier to share and listen to music on the popular streaming app. This latest feature generates QR-like codes for individual tracks, albums, and playlists to be accessed through the app. Codes automatically take you to the tracks you want to hear, so you can spend more time enjoying the music and less time searching for it.

In this article, we’ll look at Spotify codes and how you can use them to share and explore new music.


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What Are Spotify Codes?

Spotify codes are machine-readable codes that you can use to pull up tracks from the app instantly. For those who don’t know, Spotify is one of the largest music streaming services in the world. It currently supports more than 70 million tracks in its library from over 8 million artists from all over the world. If you want to learn more about the music streaming service, here is a comprehensive review of the Spotify app.

Spotify codes work similarly to computer-generated QR codes. Like QR codes, the ones from Spotify are attached to particular items and contain data. Except, in this case, the codes are not physically attached to real objects or items inside a store but are digitally linked to individual tracks, albums, or playlists.

Any device (phone, tablet, or PC) with the latest iteration of the Spotify app can be used to generate Spotify codes. However, only phones and tablets can scan the codes because PCs are too large and immobile to scan codes from smaller devices.


How Do Spotify Codes Work?

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Sharing is always a two-way process, and the same can be said for music sharing on Spotify. If you want someone to hear a song or a playlist, you have to generate a code and share it with others. On the other hand, if you want to listen to a song or playlist that someone else shared, you have to scan the code provided to have it play on the Spotify app. If you have Spotify Premium, you can even download tracks and playlists and listen to them offline. Here is a quick guide on how to download Spotify content for offline listening.

Spotify should be able to generate and scan codes instantly. In other words, it should only take a few seconds to generate a code for a song or playlist. It should take even less to play a song or playlist after the code has been scanned! But of course, external factors can impact how fast you can do so. Some of these factors are your spotty internet connection or your limited storage capacity.

Spotify codes make sharing music on Spotify a lot more precise and convenient. Each track, album, artist, or playlist on its library generates a unique code that serves as its identifier. The matching of codes and music pieces is conducted on a 1:1 basis, which means a single code is only ever assigned to a single musical piece. By using codes instead of titles, you can ensure that the music you send or receive is exactly what you want. The best thing about all this is that you no longer have to conduct a manual search for titles on Spotify’s library.


How to Share Music Using Spotify Codes

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If you have music that you want to share, you can do so effortlessly using Spotify codes. The codes contain all the software’s information to access a track, album, or playlist. So you no longer have to share any other information other than the codes themselves. Here are the steps for generating and sharing a Spotify code for a musical piece:


On Your Phone

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  1. Visit the page of the song, playlist, or album that you want to share. Look for three dots that represent additional options. Note: If you are looking to share an album, artist, or playlist, the dots can be found below the art section of the page. If you want to share a track, the dots should be to the right side of the track title.
  2. You should see a pop-up page with additional options, including “Like,” “Add to Playlist,” and “Add to Queue.” Look for the Spotify logo with a bunch of vertical squiggles next to it. This is the Spotify code for that particular track, album, or playlist, and it should be sitting between the title of the track or album and the cover art.
  3. Show the code to your friend and have them scan it using the camera on their Spotify app. The code will then automatically lead to the same track or playlist on their app.


On Your Computer

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  1. Visit the page of the song, playlist, or album that you want to share. Click on three dots representing additional options. Note: If you are looking to share an album, artist, or playlist, the dots could be found below the art section of the page. If you want to share a track, the dots should be to the right side of the track title.
  2. A pop-up menu should appear containing options such as “Add to Queue” or “Go to Artist Radio.” Scroll down to the “Share” option to view a second pop-up menu containing a list of social media websites (i.e., Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, etc.). Look for the “Spotify Code” option near the bottom and click on it.
  3. The Spotify code can be found near the top section of the page, between the title of the track or playlist and the cover art. As usual, the code should have the Spotify logo to its left. Show the code to your friend and have them scan it using the camera of their Spotify app.


How to Get Music Using Spotify Codes

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If you’re not the one sharing the codes, then you are probably at the receiving end. Perhaps your friend offered to share their favorite tracks with you, or perhaps you were the one to ask. Whatever the case is, you’ll want to know how Spotify codes work. Learn how to scan your Spotify codes with the following steps.

  1. Click on the Spotify app on your phone to open it. Look for the “Search” option on the toolbar at the top of the screen. Note: the search label has a large font size, so it’s impossible to miss it.
  2. There are two icons to the right of the search bar: a microphone icon and a camera icon. Click on the camera icon and wait for the screen to load. Once the camera is ready to shoot, point your device’s camera at the code on your friend’s phone or laptop.
  3. Keep your phone still while the camera captures the code. Once the software registers the code, you will be taken to the track or playlist as indicated by the code. In addition to exploring new content via codes, you can also participate in group listening sessions with your friends and family. Here is a how-to guide for using the social listening feature on Spotify.


Final Thoughts

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Spotify codes are intended to make the music sharing process more convenient and precise. The use of codes is particularly effective for bridging the gap between musicians and their followers. That is, musicians only need to post the codes to promote their music, and listeners only need to scan the codes to access the content. The use of codes also benefits people on the lookout for new music since they can head straight to the recommended content without navigating through the maze.

In conclusion, the introduction of Spotify codes is a significant step forward for music sharing in general, and we can only expect to see more of the same in the future.

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