How to Manage Your Personal Spotify Collection (Updated)

Need an easy way to manage and keep track of all your music on Spotify? Once you’ve added more than a dozen or so albums to your Spotify list, it soon becomes difficult to manage them as they become one big long list in Spotify. One option might be to use blank playlist dividers, but this doesn’t let you nest, say a 60’s Rock and Roll folder in your Rock folder. Using one of the many playlist sites doesn’t really help either, as they’re all designed for sharing with others, not for managing your own music. So, how do you manage your collection of favourite albums on Spotify? One easy way is to do this: use your web browser’s bookmark tool.

Since everything in Spotify (albums, CD singles, individual songs etc.) all have a unique URL, you can think of an album as a website. Then using e.g. the Firefox bookmark tool, you can create multiple folders for your music and organize them by genre, by artist, or however you want.

You can take advantage of the browser’s bookmark features such as search, export, tags and keywords. If you use Xmarks (previously known as Foxmarks), your Spotify collection is synchronized across all your computers. You can even use Xmarks to share your music collection with friends!


To add an album:

  1. Search for the album or single in Spotify.
  2. Drag and drop the album (pick up from the cover art) onto your desktop or any folder. This creates an Internet Shortcut to the album.
  3. Open your browser’s bookmark manager (e.g. Bookmarks > Organize Bookmarks)
  4. Drag and drop the Internet Shortcut into your browser bookmarks.
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  • Art

    Well, ok, but you still have to leave the main app to do this… I'd prefer it they just fixed so that you don't have to workaround.

  • Afront

    Me too. This is the best workaround I could find at the moment though.

  • SC

    I've just completed an app which allows you to organise you Spotify Collections. You can find it here:

    http://spotifycollections.com

    There is a link to an example on the home page so you don't need to register to see it in action.

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  • njf

    This doesn’t seem to work work anymore, at least not with the latest bookmark managers for Firefox and Chrome.

  • Thanks for the “heads up” – I should probably edit this page as it was written before Spotify introduced playlist folders…

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