Spotify rolls out redesigned desktop and web apps – TechCrunch
Spotify today announcement it’s rolling out a new look for its desktop streaming service, with the launch of a redesigned app for Mac and Windows, as well as an updated web app. The changes, which will be made available to all global users, focus on improving navigation and providing users with access to new controls and features in playlists, search, radio, their queue, their library, etc.
Overall, the update makes the Spotify app look and feel more streamlined and less cluttered compared to the previous version.
One notable change is that the new app removes the oddly placed search bar that was previously found at the top left of the screen. Now it’s been moved to the lightweight navigation bar on the left side, between the links for Home and Your Library.
The app also no longer details the different destinations within your library in this navigation bar – like Made For You, Recently Played, Albums, Artists or Podcasts, for example. Instead, you’ll need to click in your Library section to view these selections.
Now, the Your Library page will have four categories at the top of the page, starting with Playlists, where you’ll find your favorite songs, Discover Weekly, Daily Mixes, Release Radar, and more. Playlists are followed by different sections to browse podcasts (which moved up to second place in the update! Hint!), Then artists and albums.
A new drop-down menu in Your Library allows you to further sort these different sections in different ways: by most relevant, recently played, recently added, alphabetical or even by a custom command you can configure.
Meanwhile, those who enjoy creating playlists will benefit from a handful of new features in the updated app.
They can now write descriptions, upload their own images, and drag and drop tracks into existing playlists. They can also use a new built-in search bar at the top of the “Create Playlist” page to find new songs or even podcast episodes to add to the playlist. This could dramatically speed up the somewhat tedious process of creating a playlist, reducing the steps between finding a track and inserting it into a playlist.
This change in particular is a testament to Spotify’s growing interest in conservative restoration – something co-founder and CEO Daniel Ek mentioned. during her recent appearance on PressClub on Clubhouse.
Ek explained that he was “excited about curatorship” because when a department’s content library grows, it needs curators.
“Playlisters are amazing on Spotify, but it seems like there’s limited ability to interact with these playlisters – or for those playlisters to really understand who’s listening to them and be able to create that second set of creators. [who] create indirectly by helping other people find content to experience, ”he said.
To meet this challenge, Ek said Spotify will try to add more tools to enable users to become better curators, if not on a social basis, at least for themselves.
“The main goal for us on the roadmap is just to enable you to be a much better curator, even to yourself – just, for example, by suggesting content that is relevant to things you’ve already put in. the playlist, ”he added.
These updated playlist building tools seem like a natural first step towards Spotify’s broader goals in this area.
A few other changes in the updated apps include an updated listener profile page, which now features both your top performers and top tracks; a new way to start a radio session for any song or artist via the three-dot plus menu (“…”); and the ability to now edit your queue and view your recently read items on the desktop app.
Premium subscribers also get another benefit: they will be able to download music and podcasts to listen to offline, via a download button in the Desktop app.
In a blog post announcing the changes, Spotify admitted that it hasn’t quite kept up with the development of its desktop app as its service has grown, and today’s launch is a big hit. attempt to correct this.
“At Spotify, we’re always looking for ways to deliver the best possible experience so that our listeners can constantly discover and enjoy music and podcasts, and that includes look, feel and functionality. We are constantly testing, developing and launching new features, optimizing new devices and looking to expand our content offering, ”the post read. “Yet along the way, we felt our desktop app experience hadn’t caught up and it was time for a change.
Updated applications for Mac, Windows, and the web are deployed starting today. Unrelated to the app redesign, Spotify announced separately today, it is expanding access to its Marquee tool to promote new versions. The feature will be available to all teams in the US through a new campaign management tool in Spotify for artists.