If you're interested in getting up and running with Spotify Music and Cortana, here's how.
Unfortunately, as is usually the case with Cortana, most of these features only work if her language is set to U.S. English. There's no word on whether Microsoft will ever begin taking Cortana in other markets more seriously. If you're outside of the U.S., I recommend picking up an Amazon Echo speaker instead for voice-enabled Spotify control.
Spotify is a free music streaming service that features millions of songs, all sorts of curated playlists, and dynamic radio stations based on your tastes. Additionally, Spotify has deep integration with Facebook and features other social systems, allowing you to follow friends to see what they're listening to (if you've all opted-in, of course).
Before you start, you need to set up a Spotify account right over here.
You can also pick up Spotify Premium on Amazon starting at $30, or for $9.99 per month from Spotify itself. Premium allows you to skip and play tracks as you see fit, along with an ad-free experience and offline playback. If you're a heavy music listener, it's well worth it.
You'll need to make sure Cortana is set up properly on your computer beforehand. Head over here for a full guide on how to set up Cortana on a Windows 10 PC.
You will also need to download Spotify onto your PC and sign in with your account. You can grab it from the Windows 10 Microsoft Store here.
Once you've signed into Spotify, you're now ready to connect Cortana and Spotify. To do this, follow these steps:
Now that you're set up, you can start issuing commands to Cortana. You can do this either via her "Hey, Cortana" voice command, or simply by typing your commands in the search box. Learn how to set up Cortana for voice activation over here.
After activating Cortana, you can have her perform the following actions by issuing these commands. Parentheses denote your query.
That's pretty much everything you need to know about using Spotify with Cortana, but Spotify has various other features you can use to supercharge your music experience on Windows 10 in a Groove Music-less world. Hit the links below for details.