I have a folder on my desktop for music i would like to add to spotify. Now when i have it selected in my preferences it still won't show up. I downloaded it from google, disabled the security on it and it still won't work
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I don't think the location where you obtain the files matters at this point. :)
You can try wiping your Local File cache, maybe this will clear things out a little:
0. Close Spotify.
1. Go to %AppData%
2. You'll fid yourself in Roaming. Find the Spotify folder and enter it.
3. Go to Users, click on your user folder (looks like 1234557-user).
4. There is a file called local-files.bnk. Delete it.
Now when you open Spotify, it will start looking up your local file storage again.
I doubt tags matter here as well. I asked Spotify to find my local files... Some of the files have no artist and album info (despite the fact they actually do). Just in case you should try playing the files on your local media player.
The files should not be DRM-protected. Info about this should be visible when you check the file's properties (Details) in the file explorer.