As Spotify expands to more global markets, the music streaming service is also refining its user experience. Starting today, you are implementing a much-needed redesign for your desktop and web player to match the feel of your frequently updated mobile app. While aesthetic changes – including a cleaner home page, a neat sidebar, and filters to help sort your library – are welcome, highlights for regular users include new playlist tools and a download button. which allows you to save music and podcasts for offline playback (the latter reserved for paying members).
If you’re someone who likes to compile your favorite tracks and podcasts, the updates might end up pushing you to the desktop player through the mobile app. When creating a playlist, you can now use a built-in search bar to search for music and podcasts. You can also write descriptions, upload images, and drag and drop tracks into existing playlists. The new controls essentially make it easier to create a playlist on the desktop or web player and offer more ways to express yourself, which should appeal to users who like to share playlists with friends and the public.
Meanwhile, the design changes include a home page that aligns with the mobile app, with a combination of Spotify’s recommended playlists and their heavy rotation; a simplified sidebar, complete with a “search” tool, an improved “Library”, with new filters to help you sort your music and podcasts; and updated profile pages that add your best artists and tracks. Additional settings include the ability to edit your queue and view “recently played” content from the desktop application.
For a company that revolutionized the way we access music, Spotify admits that its desktop and web product was inferior to its mobile app. “We felt [the] the experience had not kept up and that it was time for a change, ”the company stated in its announcement today.
Perhaps, with more people listening at home rather than on the go, the company was forced to pay attention to its desktop and web players. Whatever the reason for the changes, it seems that Spotify has a new recognition of the importance of its non-mobile applications: “We believe in the future of both platforms,” said Spotify, adding that “we want to make sure that it can continue to serve the needs of from our users now and in the future. “