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,


Gig Goer

Previously, it was possible to start playing artist's album's tracks one after another. When one album ended, the second in order would start playing automatically.
This behavior is now missing.


The behavior was achievable because It was possible to toggle the view within author's Discography between Album Tiles and Expanded tracklist. This option is now missing which makes it impossible to play an album and continue with next album.




Now, when I play an album like on the picture below, when it is finished, Spotify will then proceed to play similar music, but not the next album of current artist as expected. The expected behavior was the default behavior before the recent changes.



Please upvote a Feature request


I am sorry but removing organization tabs in favour of scrolling is probably one of the most stupid idea I have seen in a while. We have a big screen and a mouse! Why would I want to scroll down to look for things when I can have them cleanly in tabs at the top.  Here is the old UI and it is so much more intuitive.


This is on par with starting to write Spotify as







On my imac I can no longer cut and paste songs within my playlist. The keyboard shortcuts don't work anymore. I have a very long playlist and now I have to drag and drop songs, which takes forever. Will this feature come back?


This new UI is shite let's be honest here



Bug report: Alt-left and Alt-right keyboard shortcuts to go back and forward in history not working


The alt-left and alt-right shortcuts have stopped working with the latest update to the new interface. The Ctrl-/ popup says that the shortcut is now Ctrl-Alt-left and Ctrl-Alt-right, but they don't work either.


Steps to reproduce:

Click playlist A (playlist A is shown)

Click playlist B (playlist B is shown)

Press Alt-left


Expected: Playlist A should be shown


Actual: Playlist B is still shown.


I reported this here originally but I was told to post on this thread:


Are you a PC user and want to switch back to the old version of Spotify? Here's how. Some folks have already shared the info in this thread already and a huge thank you to them. I'm just adding a visual guide on how to find the file and how things should look. 


1. Make sure you have a text editor (Highly recommend using Notepad++ for something like this, Windows notepad might add extra invisible characters)

2. Make sure you can see hidden files

3. Go to C:\Users\WHATEVER IT IS ON YOUR COMPUTER\AppData\Roaming\Spotify

4. Look for a file called quite simply "prefs". Might be a good idea to save a copy of this file in another folder in case something goes wrong

5. The file doesn't have an extension, so you will have to tell Windows what software you want to use to open it. Right click, choose "Open with" and then point to your text editor to open it

6. Copy paste the following row to the bottom and save:


7. Start up Spotify and you should now have the old version

8. Enjoy!

9. If you want to thank me for this guide, help me get my volume suggestion upvoted IF you agree with it!





Casual Listener

Thank you for FINALLY!!! addressing the major requests from the community you put into the beta test team in November last year.  I look forward to you restoring the full discography view hopefully really soon (six months is already too long to be dealing with this ridiculous library design!).  There are many other things that are far from perfect with this release, but that one is without doubt my biggest frustration.  

Casual Listener

I know why you guys are so angry.

You didn't read the faq.

Thats why.


I may be one in tens of millions but I cancelled my subscription. So good luck with those greedy stupid guys. I subscribed to Qobuz, and even though its more expensive and clearly lacks the recommendation dimension that Spti have, I feel relieved. Also I received a coupon to migrate everything there for free using soundiz a few days after my subscription. And also the sound is so much better there.


BYE BYE Spti. 



Don't get me wrong, I love me some updates but this one... eh. Well. The look is nice, but I have several playlists where I like to listen to them in the "most recently added songs first" kinda order and that functionality seems to have vanished, which isn't that ideal. Shockingly.

So, unless someone can point out what I'm doing wrong (I've tried clicking on the "date added" thing about 10000 times so, that's not happening lads) can I please have this back in my desktop app ❤️ 

Casual Listener

Still learning the new layout, but one thing that is now missing is being able to shuffle a playlist and have it start playing easily and immediately. I used to double click on my playlist's name in the sidebar and it would auto play the list shuffled (as long as shuffle was on in the now playing bar). Now, it just plays and pauses what's in the now playing bar...and I don't see a way to re-shuffle this list and have it play automatically.


I use the play and pause buttons to play and pause music...I use the playlist name to freshly play the playlist. And there used to be a "shuffle play" button or something similar when you clicked into the playlist. that's also gone.


Where are all my liked songs that I spent hours checking?!?!?!?! The new update only shows artist songs you like not the ones we spent hours liking!!!😫


Don't know what version I am on. Don't really care, I also never post on these sort of things because I always figure I will get used to the interface, but man this one really really sucks. Who's bright idea was it to remove the artist column in the playlists? Was the sort by album function really getting that much more use? Why can't I just customize what columns I have? Thankfully I don't listen to a lot of artists that just churn out single's, but I would imagine this would be even more annoying to those folks. Why did you get rid of my ability to just see all the songs an artist has released? now I have to go through playlists to find it? No just show me everything and don't bury their songs where I can't find them. **bleep** update, I am not in kindergarten and need just pretty pictures, I can deal with some text guys, I promise.


Thanks for the ui.experience_override="classic" tip. Can confirm it works on a mac as well. The "prefs" file is located at ~/Library/Application Support/Spotify/prefs


Thank god for that ui override...Please stop scrolling back to the top of the Album library when using the back button. This "intended feature" is making Spotify borderline unusable for me,

Music Fan



A few more weeks wouldn't have mattered. They started this "beta" testing over a year ago. None if the feedback has been listened to or actioned upon. Spotify is dead set on this change and there is nothimg we can do except cancel our subscriptions.


Thanks so much famisfine and the previous person who posted how to go back to the classic UI. I hope they get the new one better before we are forced back to it.

It is so much better to be back on this version!


Is there a way to rollback to a previous desktop release.  I was greatly saddened that the way I listen to my playlists has been removed.  I have a playlist with almost 1,300 songs and the sorting feature from latest added has been removed.  I have stuff ranging back to 2012 and now that is always playing first when I hit play vs. when we could sort and have it play from the latest added.
THIS IS THE REASON I HAVEN'T UPGRADED TO PREMIUM (recently) BECAUSE THE PHONE APPS WERE ALSO MISSING THIS FEATURE!!!!!  I'm not going to create a 100 song queue before a car ride to get the right order of my playlist.
Please add this feature to the phone apps and add it back into the desktop apps.

AMEN ! already did it.had to.cant use the new longer works for me
the way i prefer to listen
and i aint paying for that
Casual Listener

I can no longer use a keyboard to filter playlists while I am trying to Add a song to my playlists.


Use case: I am playing a song, then trying to add that song to a list by hovering over my playlists and typing. See issue for video and details:


This used to work fine a month or so ago, but now, nothing I type filters the lists. You can see for the second song that typing a space caused the playback to pause instead of searching the playlists for one with a space character in it.


I've done clean installs, and tried both the version from and from the Microsoft Store. The latest install I have is from the Microsoft Store, version


Scrolling through a ton of playlists trying to find the right one to add to is wasting a lot of time - I keep up a lot of different lists. I'm on a Premium Family account if that helps debug.


Casual Listener

The latest update is worse than the previous UI experience.

I listen to a lot of podcasts and the user experience is much worse.

I can no longer filter the list to only show unplayed episodes of podcasts.

Podcast pages don't up load for new episodes unless I leave the page and click on the home button then go back into the page.

Overall it seems harder to do anything with no functional gains in the app. If I could I would revert in a heartbeat.