I imported all my music, created the playlists, and uploaded them to the cloud and copied them to my android device. I then deleted all my own music (thankfully after a backup)
I immediately had problems with my new playlists not being able to find my own tracks. I uploaded it again in a different (neater) file structure, with all the files there, but no, I was going to have to start again. Fast forward another weekend.
Can anyone answer the following?
1. When I upload my own tunes (lets call them "external tunes") I must still keep them in my library, beside the spotify database?
2. If I want these tunes on my android device I must create playlists and sync them with a cable, since OTA won't work for tracks not on Spotify? The "external tunes" don't need to be in mp3 format on the android device
3. After a certain length of time certain things have got to "check in", e.g. will I need to connect a cable again? What if I'm in a different country?
4. Most annoyingly of all, duplicate tracks pop up, I think one of them is the uploaded original I made, and another is the identical spotify version. Why will I ever need two?
5. If I have 10,000 tracks in my personal library, and I want to delete 5000 unstarred ones, is this a labourious task, i.e. having to match up each track in the operating system and individually delete (as I become bored of them), or is there a more sensible way?
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I think I did answer all of your questions but I'll try again, point by point.
1. The choice is yours whether to keep local files which are also in the spotify database. You will want to keep local files which aren't on spotify so you can continue listening to them.
2. You can synch playlists containing local files to your android over a wifi connection. Tracks have to be in a playlist and you do NOT use a USB cable. Connecting the android with a cable can actually prevent spotify from synching the playlists sometimes.
3. As long as you have an active premium subscription, you will need to play a track on any device with offline content every 30 days or the offline content will be lost to you.
4. I have no idea where this duplicate appears. If you create a playlist containing a track by an artist, the playlist will only show the track once.
5. Deleting unstarred tracks will have to be done manually but you can select a bunch of tracks at once to delete. Why not just delete playlist you get bored with instead?
I think your main problem is adjusting to spotify's playlist based service where in the past you have been used to thinking more in terms of tracks and albums.