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Matthew Hollister


Since its U.S. launch in July, U.K.-based streaming-music service Spotify (Spotify.com) has won over many a music fan with its simple functionality, deep music library (15 million tracks and counting, free to stream) and — for users who spring for the $10 a month Premium subscription — portability. (Just sync tunes to your mobile device over Wi-Fi and you can listen anywhere, including in the subway or on a plane.) And thanks to a partnership with Facebook that allows users to broadcast recently played tracks and dig through friends’ favorites, chances are that even the tech holdouts in your life are now dabbling in music streaming. Once you’ve joined the club, here are three ways to get the most out of Spotify:

1. Take a course in music snobbery.
Don’t have the time or the know-how to uncover the next best indie artist? Spotify recently added apps, with music-critic heavyweights like Rolling Stone, Billboard and Pitchfork serving up reviews and playlists right on the music service’s platform. It’s now nearly impossible to claim to be “out of the loop.”

2. Discover your favorite new band.
Still prefer a slightly more old-school approach? When you’re in the mood for something new, try one of the many sites devoted to Spotify playlists. Start with Spotibot.com, where simply typing in a favorite artist generates a drag-and-drop list of similar sounds. Spotify.com lists many similar sources.

3. Share the love.
Spotify makes sharing playlists a seamless endeavor. Create a party playlist with friends via the collaborative feature, which allows multiple users to add tracks. Then send your playlists to friends through Facebook, Twitter or email.

Get the latest Spotify news and tips on the company’s official page or through unofficial (but in-the-know) sites like Pansentient.com