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How To Transition Songs On Spotify: Make Seamless Playlists

As far as music apps go, Spotify is tough to beat - although the way it transitions between songs is far from perfect.

The default settings don't offer any kind of transition or fade - one song ends, you wait a second, then the next song starts. This can create a bit of a jarring experience in some situations.

If you don't mind fiddling around in the settings, you can activate Spotify's crossfade feature which can create slightly smoother transitions, albeit a little bit clunky still given the lack of beatmatching or harmonic mixing.

If you want to create perfectly seamless transitions from track to track (and edit them in more detail, DJ.Studio is the best way to go. It's by far the best option for making seamless Spotify mixes with minimal effort.

Regardless of which option you're considering, this guide explains all and will help you to activate the Spotify crossfade option in a few moments, and start DJing with Spotify.

How To Enable Crossfade in the Spotify App#

Enabling crossfade in the Spotify app (mobile or desktop) is easy - just follow the steps below.

There are two main options to choose from - crossfade, and automix.

Crossfade - This will apply a volume crossfade at the end of one song and the start of the next, creating gapless playback with a semi-seamless transition. This can help make a Spotify playlist sound like a rough DJ mix.

Automix - This is a special mode that is limited to exclusive pre-selected Spotify playlists (not your own custom creations). It will trim out intros and outros and can do some basic beatmatching depending on how the playlist was set up. For example, you can use this to make a soundtrack mix seamless, if the publisher has posted an auto-mixed variation. (This isn't available on Spotify Connect).

Pacemaker used to be a popular app for making seamless transitions in Spotify. Although it's now been deactivated - check out our guide on the Best Pacemaker App Alternative!

Activate Crossfade Transitions in Spotify Mobile & Tablet#

To enable crossfade transitions in the Spotify Mobile or Tablet App:

  1. Open the Spotify mobile app on your phone/tablet.

  2. Tap your profile icon.

  3. Select Settings and Privacy, or touch the gear icon.

  4. Scroll down until you see the Playback section.

  5. Look for the crossfade settings, and adjust the crossfade duration to the desired overlap length.

If you want to enable the automix option, you will find it in the same settings section.

Enable Crossfade in Spotify Desktop App#

These steps to crossfade songs in the Spotify PC desktop app.

  1. Click your profile picture/Spotify username in the top right corner.

  2. Click on Settings.

  3. Navigate down to the Playback section.

  4. Look for Crossfade, and switch the option on

  5. Set the crossfade time as desired.

You can also enable the automix option here.

Experience Better Transitions With DJ.Studio#

Sure, the Spotify crossfades might be more seamless than waiting for a gap, but they hardly create smooth transitions - you'll get a lot of clashing keys and out-of-time beats. While the auto-mixed playlists do a better job (thanks to the beatmatching) these are also very limited, and you can't use the Spotify automix with your own playlists.

This is where DJ.Studio comes in!

DJ.Studio is a new piece of 'DJ' software (although it's not explicitly for DJs - it's great for humble music lovers too, and is the Best DJ Software for Beginners). It lets you create seamless, beat-matched mixes just with a few button clicks. You'll be excited to hear that it also works with Spotify, YouTube, and other streaming platforms.

The way it works is really easy, and it's the perfect tool for creating a seamless listening experience.

To make a flawless mix using your Spotify playlists in DJ.Studio:

  1. Open the DJ.Studio app (or run it in your browser).

  2. Create a new mix, selecting the YouTube mode option.

  3. Click on the Spotify Tab.

  4. Here, you can either search for specific songs or paste in a playlist URL to copy your whole selection. (Just make sure the playlist is set to public in Spotify first).

  5. Click Automix - Now, DJ.Studio will find the best order of the playlist based on key and tempo, making sure the tracks are harmonically mixed and beat-matched. You can also pick a custom order if you want!

  6. Edit your mix and transitions - You can now customize the playlist in as much detail as you want. If you're in a hurry (or not technically minded) you can select from a bunch of transition presets to instantly get a sweet groove going. For aspiring music DJs and more experienced techies, you can use the advanced settings to edit your mix in a near-infinite level of detail, using automation, effects, loops, and more features to create a unique and expressive mix.

  7. Share! When you're happy with your mix, click the Share button. From here, your mix will be hosted on DJ.Studio's community mix player site. You can share this with anybody using a URL - they only need the internet to enjoy your seamless mix, and no account registration is required.

Done!

From the steps above, you can see how easy it is to make a super seamless mix from your Spotify playlist in DJ.Studio.

This just shows one method of using the app, and in reality, it has a lot more on offer if you want to get deeper in your mix creation practices. Just check out the other info on this website to find out more.

Finally...#

Now you're ready to turn your Spotify playlist into a seamless and perfectly mixed listening experience. No more gaps, no more clunky clashing transitions - just pure flowing music in a matter of minutes!

Test DJ.Studio out yourself for free, with the 14-day trial! You'll quickly be using this instead of the dusty old Spotify system.

It's also the perfect tool for DJing with YouTube!

Noah Feasey-Kemp
DJ/Producer
I started DJing when I was 15. Started a record label, residency by a club in Bristol. I’ve played at all the biggest clubs in Bristol (and the small ones) and have entertained thousands of dancers! I love writing about music, DJing, and technology. I've been blogging for DJ.Studio since the start of the project, and am always happy to answer questions and help fellow DJs out!

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