Searching Spotify

I was showing my friend Rob the manifold wonders of Spotify and he started asking questions about searching… something the Librarian should have considered in greater detail than he had heretofore done. I’m not surprised to discover that searches like label:ECM and genre:Acadian are effective. Indeed, there’s a Google Docs spreadsheet of 944 current Spotify ‘genre’ labels (but the categories are pretty arbitrary). Spotify’s own Advanced Search Syntax gives Operators (OR, AND, NOT) and Parameters (album:, genre:, label:, mbid: –the latter being the MusicBrainz ID– and others). I perceive that I’m barely scratching the surface here…

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