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How to Link Shazam to Spotify Instead of Apple Music

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If you’re an iPhone user who uses the Shazam app to quickly identify songs that are being played in the background, and you’re also a Spotify user, you’ll be pleased to know that you can link your Spotify account within the app. Doing this can greatly improve your experience with Shazam in a couple of different ways.

Shazam is a service that’s owned by Apple and hence, Apple Music is primarily recommended by the app over the competition. However, the app that’s used by millions of users to identify a song in the background simply cannot overlook the…

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How to Change Your Default Music Player in iOS 14.5

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It’s rare to see Apple add options to iOS that allow you to set the app you actually want to use to accomplish something as the default, rather than forcing you to use the official Apple app. And while I doubt you’ll ever be able to use anything other than the App Store to get new software on your iPhone (sans…

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How to Access Music Controls in Google Maps on iPhone

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Do you often listen to music while you’re driving? You’re not alone. Well, if you use Google Maps for navigation, you’re in for a treat, as you can now control your music without having to switch between apps on iPhone.

Most of us listen to songs while we keep our hands on the wheel. Some of us also rely on maps for directions to where we’re headed. If you’re the kind of person who mounts your iPhone or iPad on to the car’s dashboard for navigation, you’d know how inconvenient it is to skip a song or repeat it while driving. Thankfully, Google now…

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How to Download Free Music to iPhone to Listen to

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Do you want to download free music on to your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch for listening offline when you’re not connected to the internet? You’re not alone, but you’ll be pleased to know that there are multiple ways to go about downloading free music to iPhone.

We’re living in the age of streaming services, but not everyone can staying connected to the internet at all times. In such cases, offline listening is key as you don’t have to rely on a stable cellular or Wi-Fi network to playback your favorite music. If you were under the opinion that…

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How to Play Songs on Spotify with Siri on iPhone or iPad

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Siri now supports Spotify commands, meaning you can now use Siri to request specific music be played through Spotify on iPhone, iPad, or other Siri equipped devices with Spotify. And if the iPhone or iPad is outputting audio to Sonos or another speaker, Spotify will play directly through that speaker system.

Using Spotify to play songs and music by Siri request is incredibly simple, it’s just a matter of asking the proper questions.

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How to Set a Sleep Timer in Your Podcast App

Falling asleep to podcasts has become the geeky equivalent of a glass of warm milk before bed. It’s so popular, in fact, that there’s an entire podcasting genre dedicated to dry topics and gentle conversations to help lull you to sleep. It’s also a terrible catch-22: put on your favorite podcast before bed, and you might have to go find the last spot you remember hearing once you wake up. If you’re not careful, you might even sleep through an entire playlist of backlogged shows.

Luckily, many podcast apps now include sleep timer features that will automatically pause the episode so you don’t miss out on the latest alien abduction theories or damning true-crime evidence while you’re off in dreamland.

We’ll show you how to set sleep timers in popular apps like Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Pocketcasts, and Spotify, but it’s worth noting that these aren’t the only podcasting apps that include sleep timer support. Similar features usually hide somewhere on a podcast app’s “now playing” and playback menus, or in the app’s settings. Regardless of which app you use, know that you’ll need to enable the sleep timer whenever you’re listening before bedtime (or a quick nap).

Apple Podcasts (iOS)

  1. Open Apple Podcasts.
  2. Tap the “Now Playing” bar at the bottom of the app to expand it.
  3. Scroll down and tap “Sleep Timer.”
  4. Select your desired timer length. The timer can be set for any five-minute interval between 5 and 60 minutes, or for when the current episode ends.
  5. Once you’ve started the timer, the player will now display a countdown clock showing the remaining time before the episode is paused. The timer will only countdown while the podcast is playing—manually pause the podcast, and the timer will also pause.

Google Podcasts (Android)

  1. Open the app.
  2. Load up an episode, or tap the playback bar at the bottom of the screen to expand it.
  3. Tap the crescent moon-shaped icon.
  4. Use the slider to set the timer delay (each pip on the slider equals 5 minutes), or tap “end of episode” to automatically pause playback when the episode completes.
  5. Tap “Start” to begin the timer.

Pocket Casts (Android, iOS)

  1. Launch the Pocket Casts app.
  2. Begin playing a podcast, or tap the small art thumbnail to open the playback menu.
  3. Tap the “zzz” icon.
  4. Select from one of the predefined timer settings, or tap the “+” and “-” buttons at the bottom of the menu to customize the timer delay.
  5. Once set, the “zzz” icon will pulsate to indicate the timer is running. Note that the countdown will continue whether the podcast is playing or paused, but it can be edited with extra time, changed to “end of current episode,” or canceled altogether by tapping the “zzz” icon to open the settings.

Spotify (Android)

Spotify’s sleep timer settings work for both podcasts and music, but only on Android (as of when we published this article).

  1. Open Spotify.
  2. Tap on the “More” icon at the top right of the “Now Playing” screen.
  3. Tap “Sleep Timer.”
  4. Set the timer length (between 5 and 60 minutes, or end of current episode/track).
  5. You can also open the Sleep Timer menu while the countdown is running to manually pause it.