I made this a few days ago while brushing up on my UI/Photoshop skills. I wasn't going to post it anywhere until a friend mentioned it might be of interest to other Spotify users.
The idea came about, after I kept maximising and minimising Spotify just to see my play queue and sometimes jump down a few . This is my solution making it a less obtrusive way of seeing what's coming up and track jumping.
I'm sure there are lots of limitations as to why this can't be made into a real working taskbar item, but any feedback is still much appreciated.
The image is still awaiting approval so it might not be showing up for some. You can view it online here: http://forr.st/~UMb
It would be nice if the Spotify client for Windows and OSX had an vertical/smaller display mode to complement the standard horizontal mode. Below is a quick mockup:
It would suit for those occasions when you need to be economical with the desktop space (but still want to keep track on your playlist). For example smaller laptop screens and occasion when you have multiple applications running at the same time (e.g. Spotify next to your browser).
With this mode you could easily “snap” the app to either side of the window. Today you need to minimize/maximize the windows since horizontal layouts only allow a certain level of slimness. Working as a web developer you usually keep track of an a lot of windows on multiple screens. It would be great if you could “snap” Spotify next to outlook or your favourite development tool, instead of having to switch between them.
Since the player would be a bit smaller in the vertical orientation, the UI/functions would probably be a slimmed down (to avoid a cluttered look). But to access all the functions you could just use a hotkey and switch to the complete horizontal mode. Or maybe integrate some "responsive web" thinking for alternating between vertical/horizontal layouts!
I have no desire to download MP3s through Spotify, and I never will. Can I have the option to hide the "Get" buttons, please? I accidentally click them sometimes, and they clutter up what was once a really lovely, bare-bones desktop client.
I would like to see an improvement with your searching page on Roku. I would like a more predictive generated list. I am a member of one of you competitors (while on a month trial with you) and find your search to be weak compared to the MOG search.
Example: Currently if I were looking for the group Songs Ohia I would get predictive results (none of which were the group Songs Ohia) up until the letter OH (in Ohia) and then it would go blank and tell me there are no results until I type the last two letters (IA) and then the group Songs Ohia would magically appear. Now MOG will predict the artiest within 5 letters or less (even the little known groups).
Now, I used a very short artiest name for my example but if I were to use a longer more indie group name it would be even more annoying to find them.
While I decide to switch or not this will be one that I will remember. I don't want to have to type every letter of the group if I don't have to. I know this may sound petty but I assure you that the ease at which MOG allows for search is far superior...and not just on the Roku but on all my devices. Now that is not to say that MOG is a far superior service but in this case it is.
Pressing spacebar in an app scrolls the page (or does nothing). I know this behaviour comes from the fact that apps is built using web technogly and run in Chromium that's embed into Spotify desktop, but almost everywhere else in Spotify spacebar is play/pause.
Also: Make cmd+L (OS X) focus the search input in apps/radio (as it is in the rest of the app) (I know that option+cmd+F works for this in apps/radio)
Atm in Windows 7 (maybe some other OS's use this too), if you drag and drop Spotify title bar on top of screen, it doesn't maximize the window like other windows and applications do. Same with drag and drop into side of the screen, moving the title bar whilst the window is maximized nor windows+right/left/down arrow keys (or any other window layout manipulation hotkeys (for multiple screens)).
Please fix this, it's pain in the ass when trying to do it fast in the middle of the raid event in WoW, or any other multiplayer gaming event when you have 3 sec time to do: activate Spotify, doubleclick title, drag it to secondary screen, doubleclick title, and click "play" and back to game, when you could do all that with: activate Spotify, drag and drop to top of secondary screen, click "play" and back to game.
Saves seconds and nerves of nerds, and you wouldn't lose users for such tiny mistakes.
PS. Also add that output selection option, it's not hard to implement and even Billy, the lightest mp3 player out there, has that option. Y U NO HAVE THT??
I want to pluck the Browser-style Back/Forward buttons that are available on Desktop version and drop them smack somewhere into mobile version.
i.e. I want the ability to hop Back to the previous song played when it was on a previous playlist- not just back to previous song on current album or playlist- and by extension, the ability to hop Back to that previous playlist.
This modest improvement to functionality could be effected by:
Adding the ubiquitous left/right back/fwd triangle buttons to edges of current area containing REW |<< and >>| FFW
Adding said buttons as a transparent overlay that appears somewhere on top of the album cover
Adding Back/Forward functionality to the options that get called up in dark grey overlay that shows when small i button is activated
I prefer option 3. because it's least disruptive to current UI, the simplicity of which I really enjoy. If users howl for the function to be more front and center then someone on payroll can figure out a solution, I have no doubt.
Option 1. would have a crowding effect. One thing I love about Spotify mobile is the clean and simple feel of the design.
Option 2. would look clunky, and some users may regard that album cover area as inviolable.
'Back' is a great way to not lose track of songs and artists that I haven't yet starred or added to a playlist while I'm discovering new music on desktop version, or just handy for general navigation. Not having this functionality on mobile results in a few additional, frustrating clicks and swipes to go Back when I want to. (Changed my mind about Chief Keef playlist, let's go back to A Day to Remember!) This is exacerbated when playlists are mysteriously cloning themsleves at night like Gremlins.
P.S. If somehow this in there already and I'm just too daft to have noticed it... stellar! Point me in that direction and I'll gladly pipe down.
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