After subscribing to Spotify Premium, I was excited to try the full screen album art feature that was (unfairly) exclusive to subscribers. Much to my dismay, and a lot of others on to this forum (examples 1, 2, 3), the full screen feature just has a small scaling of the album art against a gray/black background:
In my opinion, the bland gradient background does no favors to listeners. This is a missed opportunity to put the full screen feature to good use. With 16x9 displays being common, this feature should use the full display to enhance the artwork and overall theme, colors, and feeling that each piece of album art brings.
My suggestion is simple: instead of the gray/black gradient, enlarge the album art and apply a Gaussian blur to it as the background. This is similar to YouTube's old method of automatic music uploads, which was great. Now that they're switching their upload visuals to just the 1:1 album art, Spotify can and should take advantage of this method.
This is an example I whipped up in GIMP:
Lincoln - They Might Be Giants
While a background with just the dominant color is a good idea, a color you may not expect may be automatically picked sometimes. Also, album artwork may have their own gradients that fade from one color to the next, so capturing that through a Gaussian blur is a great idea:
Class of 3000 - André 3000
If you dig this idea, please upvote so it can be implemented!
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