I use Spotify daily. I mostly use it to listen to out-of-print music or discover new albums, so I can then purchase the vinyl copies. But there are times when I find that something I want to listen to isn’t available on the streaming service.
When I run into that problem, I have a few choices: I can try a different streaming service, or I can turn to a massive digital collection I’ve amassed over the years. The only problem with the second option is that I don’t always want to use yet another app for listening to music.
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Fortunately, Spotify has its own solution to the challenge of missing songs. With the app, you can add music from local directories and listen to it directly from the app. It’s a great way to keep all your digital and streamed music in one convenient app.
I’m going to show you how, but I will give you a warning: this feature isn’t always perfect. I’ve had instances where adding local music has caused problems with the streaming service. Fortunately, the fix is simple — just remove the local storage and everything goes back to normal. Luckily, this problem hasn’t happened to me in quite some time, so I’m hopeful Spotify has resolved the issue.
With that said, let’s get to it.
How to add local files and folders to Spotify
What you’ll need: To do this task, you’ll need the Spotify app installed and a valid Spotify account. I’m going to demonstrate this feature on the desktop app, but you can also do the same thing on the mobile version. The process on a mobile or tablet will depend on the device you’re using. The desktop version, on the other hand, is the same, regardless of operating system.
Congratulations, you’ve just added all of your obscure, out-of-print, digital music to Spotify, so you don’t have to use two different apps to listen to the music you want to hear.