Searching For Audiobooks And Other Non-music Content

How to discover hidden content such as audiobooks, dramas, comedy and more

Finding Audiobooks on Spotify
Searching for non-music content on Spotify. Image © Mark Harris - Licensed to About.com, Inc.

Is There Really Non-music Content on Spotify?

If you stream music rather than download it then you'll probably already know that Spotify is one of the top on-demand music services out there. It hosts millions of songs which can be streamed to a wide range of devices. However, with all the focus on music have you ever thought about looking for non-music content?

When we talk about non-music then the first thing most people think of is probably audiobooks, but this can also include other types of non-musical recordings.

Typically you'll need to use a download service like the iTunes Store or Amazon MP3 to listen to audiobooks. So, is Spotify really a place you should be looking?

The answer is most definitely a yes.

Spotify doesn't exactly hide non-music content, but finding it is a little trickier to do. The problem with Spotify's interface is there isn't a dedicated section on the 'spoken word' you can use to quickly see all that's on offer. The only way to do it (at the time of writing this article) is to use the service's search facility.

In this tutorial we are going to highlight how you can use this search facility to locate different types of non-music audio. This includes: audiobooks, drama series, comedy, and other types of recordings.

Finding Audio Recordings on Spotify

As previously mentioned there isn't a dedicated section on the spoken word. But, there are keywords you can type into Spotify's search box that serve up some good results.

Another point to keep in mind when performing a search is also look at the playlists that are found too. There are a lot of playlists that people have created on Spotify, some of which are based on audio recordings.

Audiobooks

Simply typing the word, 'audiobooks',  into Spotify's search box can yield decent results.

You might see classics such as: The Adventures of Huckleberry Fin, Around The World in 80 Days, etc. If you're looking for something specific then it is obviously quicker to find what you're looking for by typing in a title. For instance, searching for 'War of The Worlds' brings up not only the version by Jeff Wayne (narrated by Richard Burton), but also the original 1938 broadcast featuring the voice of Orson Welles. How cool is that?

Audio Dramas

The best way to search for dramas is to use a particular title. You may also have to append the word 'drama' or 'series' to get meaningful results. For example, typing in: Twilight Zone drama; Red Dwarf; Blake's 7 series, will all display fairly accurate results.

Comedy

There's a good selection of comedy on Spotify. Again, it's best to be specific if you can. If you've got a comedian in mind then it's better to search for their name. Otherwise, typing in the word 'comedy' can produce a reasonable list.

Other Audio

Some audio streams on Spotify just don't fit into the above categories. Keywords that you can type in to give interesting results include:

  • Poetry.
  • Meditation.
  • Hypnosis.
  • Learn language.
  • Speeches.
  • NASA missions (actual recordings of certain mission communications).

    There are probably others not listed here, so experiment!