The New Desktop App

The New Desktop App


UPDATE - April 16th, 2021

Hey folks,


We've tried to cover most of the frequently asked questions concerning the new update in this Spotify Answer - Make sure to check it out!


We'll continue to go through all your posts in this blog, so if you have any other questions besides the ones in the FAQ, feel free to add them in a comment below.



The Community Moderator Team


UPDATE - April 8th, 2021

Hi Everyone,

Yesterday we published a blog post on our engineering blog which goes into more details on the new UI, the reasons behind it and the process of building it.  If you'd like to read a few more details like that you can check it out here.

I'd also like to mention a few things coming in upcoming versions of Desktop

  • We're working on bringing back a list-like Discography view, something many of you have mentioned missing in the new UI.  We expect this to land in an upcoming release, so do watch this space and make sure you remain fully updated.
  • "Discovered On" playlists for artists will be back in an upcoming release.
  • We're working on bringing to Desktop the ability (like in our mobile apps) to see all the saved songs by a particular artist from within the artist page itself.  Again this will be arriving in an upcoming Desktop release.





Hi everyone

Dan here from the Desktop team again. I wanted to make another post to once again thank you all for your continued feedback, and also give a little more detail about what we’re doing from here on in.


In short, the new user interface is the future of the Spotify Desktop client, and over the coming weeks we’ll roll out the new UI to all Desktop users. Many of you will have noticed already, but we’ve based the new experience on the more modern and scalable Web Player codebase, and in doing so made both versions more aligned and easier to use than ever before.

Why are we making this change?

We believe in the future of the Desktop platform and want to make sure it can still serve the needs of our users now and into the future. 

The existing Desktop UI codebase became increasingly hard to maintain as time went on, and you may have noticed a growing gap between the Desktop and Mobile apps in some cases. For those of you interested in the technical details, a blog post on the engineering blog is coming soon. The short story, however, is that our desire to continue pushing Desktop forward and bringing new features to it became incompatible with the reality of maintaining the legacy experience.


Meanwhile, we had a Web Player serving similar user needs, but built in a much more modern and scalable way — with a more cohesive Spotify “look & feel”. We therefore resolved to use the Web Player UI code as the basis for both Web and Desktop in the future, and have been spending quite some bringing the Desktop-class features that you’ve come to expect to this shared platform. You’ve had a sneak peek of this as we’ve been testing and building things out, so once again I’d like to thank you for both being a part of it and giving great feedback on this thread that has definitely helped us improve.

Benefits of this approach

Firstly, I’d like to say that this really is a new beginning for the Desktop app. Long-term Desktop users will start to notice more rapid iteration on the app than they’ve seen in the past.


I’d like to call out some of the things in the new Desktop, and also give you a little taste of what’s to come.


Design - We’ve focused on consistency, are using more color to enhance the experience where appropriate, and are making better use of cover art and album images in the app. We're also better aligned to other platforms, put an increased focus on accessibility, interactions and animations, and have tightened up our design language, so it’s more in line with what users have come to expect from Spotify.


Functionality - We’ve brought the functionality that users expect from Desktop, like sorting/filtering, drag & drop, and advanced settings and options, whilst improving areas like playlist creation and curation, profile pages, and more. In many cases these improvements have landed in the Web Player, so the work here has benefited our combined users on both platforms.

Tip! You’ll also find new keyboard shortcuts for many tasks (press ctrl+? to see them) which makes certain actions much faster and easier for any user.

We are also aware that there are a few aspects raised in the community that haven't been fully addressed as part of this update, but items like the Search Bar and discography on artist pages have ultimately been brought closer in line with other Spotify applications. That said, we will continue to iterate on the experience across both platforms moving forward.


The future of Desktop

As mentioned above, this change to the Desktop UI gives us the ability to move faster in bringing you new improvements, features and functionality — so you can expect to see continued improvements to the client in the weeks and months to come.


Once again, I’d like to thank you all for helping us shape the Desktop App over the past year on behalf of everyone here at Spotify, and please do continue to post your feedback and use our Ideas section here in the Community to tell us what you’d like to see and why.

Thanks again,



Just read the update they posted the 16th. Still wondering how blind a bat could be, pretty blind I guess. Not even a pology from 'The team' for breaking stuff in the first place or for ruining the 'Power-User' experience.


As a 'Power-User' I'm still forced to use a dreadfull 'Mobile' cluttered version it seems, broken and not giving the options we had before and which made it worth in sticking with Spotify. Tell us you want to 'Improve' our experience and taking everything away... well how dreadfull is that? And by reacting the way they do they still do NOT 'Improve' the user experince but rather make it worse. We're all still in limbo.

But yeah, we're all still paying too, so as said earlier they don't give a rats behind.

Now using the option to use the old layout (an option which they don't want you to use and wont tell you about see @KatsPurr page 43).


Also, good to see that their new 'sticky' they refer to 'FAQ: The New Spotify App for PC and Mac' has comments disabled.... afraid of something @Spotify?

Pretty convoluted way of 'improving the user experience for everyone'. getting better by the minute....


I feel like we went through this back in November when the "new" version came out. The issues that were complained about back then (that caused a rollback) are back again. It's as though the devs just ignored the thousands of comments basically saying the new interface sucked.


Yep, it still sucks. Hopefully the full discography on artist page comes very soon because it is NECESSARY. (It should also come back to the mobile app!!!!!!!!)


You should also bring back the search bar at the top of every page. In what world does it make sense to click a separate tab and then click in the search bar to find something???? It takes twice as long now.


I’ve lost any LIST VIEW OF MY LIBRARY, folder by folder. I spent years assembling it the way I like to see it. I had subfolders three levels deep. I could drag things up and down. All of that is GONE! All I see is GRID VIEW, which all kindness, sucks. I can’t change the position of anything. 

What’s the status of reviving list view?  I’m sure I’m not the only one upset customer. 

I am worried that even if Spotify revives  list view again, all my sub folders won’t return. Is my user Library code scrubbed forever? 

I trusted you to keep my Library intact. After being ad free premium member since 2011, and building my library while paying you month after month to keep it, I never thought you’d DESTROY it and change your interface with NO NOTICE to users. I hope you kept my user Library code. If you dropped it, shame on you. 

Casual Listener

So I already talked a little about this in a topic i posted titled "Pros and Cons of the 2021 update and if there is something I can do to remove the cons" but since i also mentioned the discography list, i will just reiterate the other point beside that.


new releases has always been hard to find but its even harder now than before. 
It is a feature I use a lot since it shows me mostly when artists i have shown interest in release new stuff, and it used to be somewhat easy to find, but now i have to scroll for a long time to find it.


Well, I'll make it short:


I read about the option to still use the old UI despite having the update installed (see at page 43 for anybody interested in this option), did it, happy again.


For me personally: 2 options. Either Spotify brings back the old UI, or I'll have to watch out for something new.


It's so bad, I created this account in a "Spotify community" which - despite being on a official Spotify url - doesn't really seem to be of any interest to Spotify at all, to just tell you how bad the Update is. I hope you @Spotify make something out of this feedback.

Gig Goer

I just used the filter function in one of my playlists.  I entered a keyword to filter on.  I see the function only filters songs that meet the filter criterion, but not albums.  In other words, the filter found songs that met the criterion, but not album titles.  Please fix.

Gig Goer

The "play song" icon next to each track in the UI is too sensitive.  If the user doesn't exactly hit the arrow icon then the track won't play.  Make it so the user can hit near the arrow icon to play a song (confession: I'm old and can't hit the arrow button)


Please add me to the list of very unhappy Premium users who dislike this new interface. Only one of about 30 artists show up when I click the "Artists" tab. I cannot sort the albums in alphabetical order by artist. Search box loads a new page and the list of my complaints keeps going on and on. It was not broken before so why fix it? So unhappy. Please allow us to revert back to the old interface with it's features.


The new windows app is soooo BAD! anything I try to do I get an error message that the song is not stored locally?! 

it doesn't sync with the mobile app, I can only change skip to next song or pause otherwise the song queue doesn't seem to sync.

and then you put a song in the queue and it just puts it last, it doesn't put it up there in the front anymore, it's incredible, function that you use every day, it just disappears.
Even the songs in the playlist you can no longer order them in descending order by date added, you have to scroll all the way down to see the last one added to the list.
I find this software incredibly lame now. totally disappointed



At this moment the Made For You page can be found by going to the pursuit, looking down, and tapping on the Made For You tile.


1. Why move search to the sidebar? Seems like shoddy UX

2. How do I see my recently searched things now? Seems like that history is just gone, that's annoying and guess what? shoddy UX


Oh dear, I just noticed another thing. The new search results are a god-awful mess.


Who greenlit this?


Alright, one more complaint: Can we at least get a setting to disable showing album art in the song list in playlists? That way you could fit more songs on the screen at once and it would be a lot less distracting?


Maybe even put the artist and song names in different columns so that it's easier to find what you're looking for? You know, like it used to be...


Just to make it clear what I'm talking about, look at all this empty horizontal space!



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Btw, this attempt to somehow make the desktop app abide by mobile app design guidelines is visible all over the place. Complete failure to make use of horizontal space.


On top of this desktop users are generally expecting desktop applications to stick to desktop conventions, not mobile ones.


I'm not asking for the application to look like Excel but come on, you literally took a working desktop app, redesigned it for mobile users, looked at it and thought "yeah, this is fine" and shipped it.


also you want to drag a song from bottom of the playlist to the top but the window doesn't scroll! you have to drag the song up or down in the playlist bit by bit..


also you want to drag a song from bottom of the playlist to the top but the window doesn't scroll! you have to drag the song up in the playlist bit by bit.. Although dragging the song downwards works...

forget it. spotify doesnt care.they have even blocked people from
installing an older version. if they really cared about what you wanted
they would let you have the older if you wanted it and the people that
liked the new one could keep like i did and go somewhere else. im
much happier and my music sounds so much better. the people im with now
even show you what bit rate you are streaming in. spot doesnt do that
because they dont want you to know you are getting **bleep** and not giving
you a whole 320