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,



Hi guys,


I don't mind change, I love new innovative ideas in design and functionality. My complaint is about removing functionality for no reason other than to remove it. 


The new layout adds more clicks, which is usually a bad thing in any app/software. The fewer clicks needed to get where you want the better.


The page "my profile" (I'm a German user, I hope that translates correctly) has an overloaded and spammy feel to it. I'd just like to get to the playlists I have created quickly without having to scroll past the recent artists and to songs I’ve listend to (not interested anyway). Since the playlist icons are bigger now, it also takes more scrolling to get to those I'm looking for.


Also, please bring back the feature to sort a playlist by most recently added. Also the search function within the playlist seems to be off, if I'm looking for a song it doesn't exactly jump to it so it's even more scrolling.


Please sort the albums of artists chronologically, bring back the artists column as well as the date of the songs added (at least optionally).


I'm also really missing the feature that once one clicked on a self created playlist it would show up highlighted in the left sidebar automatically. Since the feature is gone it makes it really hard to curate playlists/add new songs to it. 





Casual Listener

New app was designed by the cast of Half Baked.


Hi there,

I'm sure that is already mentioned a numberless times. But once again: Please bring back the artist column!





hey dan,


the page made for you have remaining on the section Jason Moulding library.

Music Fan

Not long ago Spotify wrote on their blog "DESIGN DOES NOT SCALE" and then they go and scale the design on a cellphone that looks like this:




Pre-note: Sorry for the messed up and long wall of text, I just wanted to rant because I am utterly disappointed.


I always support design changes in every possible kind of software because I think that whether it's to my taste or not, fresh is good, as long as it is not a DOWNGRADE.


As lots of people mentioned here, kindly worded vague robotic answers do not satisfy anyone. There are lots of tickets about the lack of different useful functions, which were the pro's of Spotify against its competitors, and all of those tickets had answers from the moderators (which is a good thing) but they all had useless "thank you for telling us, you can click here, you can tell us from here etc." Nothing says "we don't care" louder than this.


Did Spotify really have to publish this update so lacking? Would the company collapse if they'd waited enough to AT LEAST keep all the features that previous version had? Are they making this app for themselves so that they can listen to whatever they want or for the people, their paying customers?


I don't use their curated lists much. Yeah sometimes when I feel like it I take a look at them but most of the time I use my own large list on shuffle, which has lots of songs from different artists, genres, moods etc. and at the same time I keep my list in a specific order so that I can start the list without shuffle if I want so. When I want to add a song to my list, most of the time I want it somewhere near the top. Before this downgrade, I would add it, then click on it and pressed Ctrl+X, then choose a place for it and Ctrl+V, voila! Now? I can't.


When I bought YT Premium, I got YT Music as well and for a while I stopped using Spotify. I came back because I missed the features I mentioned above. Now I don't have them again. Why shouldn't I go back to YTM now? Spotify should really think about the ways of making editing lists easier, as it is (or was) their strong suit.


(this one is off-topic)Also, I remember a time when I'd type something on the mobile app, for example a couple letters of an artist and the playing list would immediately change to the results of that filter as long as that filter stays on. That was the reason, along with the Cut-Copy-Paste feature, I fell in love with Spotify in the first place. It also doesn't work for a long while. Wish it came back as well. 


After this update I just had to create a user in this community in order to state how disappointed I am with this new update.


Most of the comments have gone over this: UI has lot's of empty spaces, functionalities removed, extra clicks, lack of customization, and so on and so forth just makes me wonder if this is just Spotify trying to find one design fits all (which is a terrible idea), disregarding the user experience.


Unfortunately after 56 pages of feedback I doubt this will actually impact in any way whatsoever, especially as I have not seen direct responses to most of the issues pointed out.

Casual Listener

Any particular reason that a dislike button hasn't been added? This is a popular idea that all other music streaming apps have, and is extremely helpful to keep users from having to listen to music they do not like, over and over, and over again, literally the same terrible songs.... 

Casual Listener

Trying to make an UI 'consistent' across all devices rarely turns out well. Facebook, OSX, and now Spotify. Despite it being the same software, the use cases and expectation of the experience have meaningful differences on different devices.


  • Wasted visual space in the Playlists 
    • Playlists should have a separate column for artists again. There's plenty of room for this column, and it's incredibly useful.
    • There's also room for the 'search within playlist' to be expanded. Hiding it under an extra click, on tiny magnifying glass icon, is bad UX. 
    • The banner at the top of the playlist is far too big. They're empty in many cases, and take up tons of room that songs should be using (it is a playlist).
  • Inconsistent and illogical interface UI
    • Search and Sort-by are right-justified, when the rest of the top interface is left-justified (play/download/other). 
    • The Queue icon, one of the most frequently used buttons, is one of the smallest buttons on screen and tucked in the corner. 
    • But the download button, which you might use once or twice, is twice the size and next to the play button— exactly where the Queue icon, which displays the order of playing songs —should be.

I understand the need for brand consistency, but your design team needs to priority useful and then make that usefulness beautiful. 


hey @Brosse,


you are wrong  about the column artist. the artist below the title of the song it's best  because you can read the artist's name right away.


such is the voice of Dan of the team desktop.




What really matters right now is about the power-users and how the music software should works in the background, so no fanciful UIs and lots of images needed for each view. Why you're stacking the artist name to make space for an album cover? It's the waste of space, and waste of disk space required to cache the items. You should look much deeper in terms of usage, not just its visuals. If it's for Youtube or whatever the video platform is, then that's okay, but this is an audio streaming platform, so yeah.


For anyone who misses the old design, I would recommend Spicetify. Here's what mine currently looks like. Fully customizableSpotify help.PNG


Bring back cut and paste, has been said but needs to be said again since it's not back yet. Managing playlists is god-awful without it. Also bring back separate column for artists in playlist.


sheesh, i finally gave up on the hot mess that Google Play music became (Youtube music) and here I see it's every bit as bad.

I have to go apologize to the people who made YTM, because I thought it would be impossible to make a crappier app. Clearly I am wrong.


The spotify desktop app is complete garbage. 


You give a single, everything-view of every local file that I have? 

And not even a column for artists? I thought Spotify would at least have a clue about music listeners.


Nothing sorted by artist, album, etc.. ? 


Downloads are disappearing between every PC restart, so offline mode is a nightmare.. 


I keep trying to give these online music services my money, it's like they don't want it. Time to setup mpd again...



Windows 10,

Ctrl+Alt+Left/Ctrl+Alt+Right (Go back/Go forward) shortcuts still do not work.

And please return Alt+Left/Alt+Right.

P.S. By the way, there are still Alt+Left/Alt+Right shortcuts for Windows on this page.


For anyone who misses the old design, I would recommend Spicetify.


Wow, looks great. I will keep that in mind, but for now the trick with the prefs file is working fine. If the new UI had not been so completely and utterly botched, I would probably have got used to it after month, at least to some extent. But I haven't a bit, really. And being able to use the old UI again is probably the biggest relief since that bus ride 23 years ago, when I drank five or six tall cans and the on-board toilet was out of order and the damn driver refused to pull over.

Casual Listener

Moving songs around feels SO heavy now. Nightmare. And so many missing/transparent tracks as well.

Casual Listener

The other thing is, when you drop a tune in a playlist and then go back inside the playlist, you don't land where the song was dropped but at the top. Frustrating.

Casual Listener

The rapid feature releases doesn't seem to happen for linux.  The only stable is, which was the one where the "bait and switch" happened for me.  I.e I upgraded to 1.1.55 which seemed mostly like before.  Then a while later, and without me having automatic upgrades this was switched to the "new" desktop.


Good thing we are able to revert using ui.experience_override="classic" in the prefs file until the client reaches at least some maturity.

Is there a change log for the client somewhere so we know what to expect from an update?    git log is ok.


I came here to complain about the removal of the 'hide unplayed episodes' podcast functionality after the latest desktop Spotify update. Listening to podcasts has become unbearable. Most of the podcasts I'm listening to have hundreds of episodes so to find which episode I want to listen I need to scroll up and down every time for minutes. To make things worse, some of the episodes I'm pretty sure I have listened to the past appear as unplayed. It is extremely confusing and it saddens me to say that if this doesn't get resolved, I'll choose another platform to listen to podcasts. I loved listening and exploring new podcasts on Spotify but right now I feel very bitter about it. It's a good thing to make the code more sustainable, but you should also take into consideration the user experience!