Streaming has become easier than ever before, thanks to both hardware getting cheaper and software becoming easy to use.
You don’t have to fiddle through webpages and stream keys to get streaming. Now all you need is software, a platform, a good internet connection and a decent computer and you’re good to go.
Regardless of whatever platform you’re streaming to, one software that you’ll see everyone using is Open Broadcasting Software (OBS). It’s free, easy to use and powerful enough for you to do anything you’d like on your stream.
Most streamers use overlays while streaming to keep their viewers engaged. Some even play music. So if you’re wondering how to play music on your streams, here’s how to connect Spotify to OBS.
Also read: How to set up OBS on a laptop?
Connecting Spotify to OBS
Now before we get started, there’s no such thing as connecting to Spotify in OBS. Open up Spotify on your PC, and you’ll be able to add music to your streams.
What we will be looking at in this article is how to make that experience better for your viewers, so let’s get started.
Step 1: First up, we’re going to download a software called Snip. What this does is it essentially converts the details about the currently playing song on Spotify into a text file that OBS can then display.
Step 2: You’ll get a zip file. After unzipping it, launch Snip by double-clicking Snip.exe
Step 3: You’ll be redirected to Spotify to log into your account and authorise Snip. Go ahead and give the required permissions.
Step 4: Go back to the Snip directory. You’ll see that there are a text and an image file. Every time you play or change a song, these files will update automatically.
Step 5: Launch OBS and drag the two files we saw in the last step in the Sources window inside OBS.
As you can see, I get the album art and the name of the track right there. This will keep on updating as you skip or play/pause tracks.
Step 6: If you want to customise the way the text looks, you can double click on the Snip.txt in the Sources window and change settings as you please.
And there you go. That’s how you add music to your streams with good viewer experience.
Also read: How to set up your computer for streaming?