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By published 20 April 22
Spotify is our pick for the best music streaming service you can use today, thanks to its simple interface, great playlist curation, and extensive catalog.
But what if Spotify doesn’t have the one album you want to listen to? Well, you can actually upload your own music files to the streaming platform – super handy if you have an extensive collection of B-sides, remixes, and live performances that haven’t made it onto the app.
You can play these local files in the Spotify desktop app – or, if you have a Premium account, in the mobile app when you’re on the move.
In this guide, we’ll take you through all the steps necessary to upload your own music to Spotify, whether you’re using the streaming service on your desktop, or on a mobile device.
Note: If you want to listen to the files stored on your computer via the Spotify mobile app, you’ll need a Premium subscription.
Having all your music in one place is certainly convenient, but if you have a lot of hi-res audio files, you may be better off uploading your music catalog to one of the best MP3 players you can buy today. These devices may seem obsolete now that streaming music is easy to get on our phones, but many offer superior audio quality thanks to high-end built-in DACs, and they mean you don’t have to be constantly tethered to your smartphone.
If you want to learn more about listening to music without a Wi-Fi network read our guide on how to download songs from Spotify. Or, if you want to see an overview of all the other music streaming options out there, be sure to check out our roundup of the best music streaming services available today.
Olivia is TechRadar’s Senior Editor – Home Entertainment, covering everything from headphones to TVs. Based in TechRadar’s London offices, she’s a popular music graduate who worked in the music industry before finding her calling in journalism. She’s previously been interviewed on BBC Radio 5 Live on the subject of multi-room audio, chaired panel discussions on diversity in music festival lineups, and her bylines include T3, Stereoboard, What to Watch, Top Ten Reviews, Creative Bloq, and Croco Magazine. In her spare time Olivia likes gardening, painting, and hanging with her cat Ethel and golden retriever Dora.
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