At Spotify, we’re always looking for ways to provide the best possible experience so our listeners can consistently discover and enjoy music and podcasts—and that includes look, feel, and functionality. We constantly test, develop, and launch new features, optimize for new devices, and look to expand our content offering. Yet along the way, we felt that our desktop app experience hadn’t kept up, and that it was time for a change.
That’s why, starting today, we’re rolling out a new improved look and feel for the Spotify app for desktop and web—aligning the experience and making both easier to use than ever before.
Since the desktop experience served as the original window to the world for Spotify, this was not a task we took lightly. It took months of tests and research, talking to users, and gathering feedback. Now, we’re pleased to deliver a new, clean design, more controls, and a great new foundation for our listeners to use Spotify across our desktop app and web player for the years to come.
With this redesign, we’re combining the technical opportunity of a modern and scalable web player together with a cohesive Spotify design and the features that you’ve all come to expect across the desktop app. Ultimately, we’re making this change because we believe in the future of both platforms, and we want to make sure it can continue to serve the needs of our users now and in the future.
Read on for the update highlights:
A new, improved look and feel, with easier access to the content you love
By aligning the experience across both platforms, we’ve not only been able to present a cohesive look and feel, but also refine navigation to help people quickly find what they’re looking for. First, “Search” can now be found on the left side of the navigation page. Second, our refresh of listeners’ profile pages now includes top artists and tracks. And finally, listeners can now start a radio session for any song or artist radio by simply clicking the “…” menu.
Simpler playlist creation and more control
We’re also introducing more ways for listeners to easily tailor their playlists, including the ability to write descriptions, upload images, drag and drop tracks into existing playlists, and even use a new embedded search bar to find and add new songs and podcast episodes to new and existing playlists. Listeners will also be able to edit Queue and view Recently played via the desktop app, and apply new sorting options to “Your Library” via a new dropdown menu in the top-right corner, giving them more control for their next listening sessions.
Save bandwidth with Offline
Premium subscribers can download their favorite music and podcasts to play them back, even while offline. So whether you’re prepping for that next presentation, need some tunes for your exercise session, or are heading on a new quest in your favorite game, save your much-needed bandwidth simply by hitting the download button (icon) in the desktop app.
Tip! We’ve added new keyboard shortcuts to assist with many more tasks. PC users can press Control + ? and Mac users Command + ? within the desktop app to see a full list of all commands available.
The redesigned experience for desktop and web makes the features you already know and love simpler and easier to use. We’ll continue to improve the experience, and we want to know your thoughts, so head over to our Community and share your feedback.
The new redesign for the Spotify app on desktop and web is rolling out to all users globally over the coming weeks. PC users can download the new Spotify Desktop App on the Windows Store and Epic Game Store. Mac users can download it here. Or, use Spotify on your browser by visiting open.spotify.com.