On weekends, you can get stuck on Discord for hours on end, talking with your friends, playing video games and who knows what else what.
However, in some moments, you might feel like the voice channel is either too quiet or too noisy. To beat that deafening silence, it’s best to play some music.
Here is how you can do that.
Use A Bot To Play Music
By default, Discord does not provide a direct feature allowing you to play music on your servers. However, Discord does give you the option to add a bot that provides such a feature.
As an example, we’ll take Rythm since it is one of the better music bots on the platform.
On the next screen, choose your server and click on Authorize.
From here, head over to the Discord desktop app and into your server. Check whether Rythm bot is now on your member list.
By default, the prefix to call the bot should be an exclamation mark (!). However, if you already have a bot with that prefix, you can change it by typing in any text channel !settings prefix “your new prefix”.
Now, if you want to play a song, all you have to do is use your new prefix (or the original one) and then type in a song.
e.g. !play The Weeknd
This will automatically play the number one result on YouTube related to the artist, The Weekend. If you want to play a specific song, you’ll need to specify it.
e.g. !play The Weeknd – Starboy
Additionally, if you want to play a specific video on YouTube or playlist on Spotify, you can use a link too.
e.g. !play [Insert YouTube/Spotify link here]
With these commands, you can finally listen to your favorite songs while on Discord with your friends. However, there’s a lot more to this bot than just playing one song.
Let’s have a look at all the different features and commands.
Controlling The Music Bot
Rythm and many bots of the same caliber come with tons of commands which allow you to control the bot. Or more specifically, controlling the music. Here are some of those commands:
- !skip – skips the current track playing.
- !loop – puts the current song in a loop.
- !leave – forces the bot to leave your voice channel. Useful if the bot is bugged.
- !queue – shows you the queue of songs.
- !clear – clears the entire queue
- !nowplaying – check which song is currently playing
These are some of the most useful commands. To check all commands, you can either type !commands or directly go here.
Keep in mind, every bot has its unique set of commands. Although most music dedicated bots use the same or at least similar commands.