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,



Why would you get rid of the artist column? This makes it SO MUCH more difficult to browse through my music and sort my playlists. 


As it appears now, obscured in small font beneath the song title, it's practically impossible to read at a simple glance.


This has to be one of the worst updates in software history. Everything is giant and unintuitive. It takes 4 clicks to get to a song when searching by artist and there is no list of all songs for an artist. Whoever had a hand in making or approving this UI update should be fired.


Absolute and utter garbage. Y'all should be ashamed of this.

Casual Listener

Option to hide unplayable songs now is gone in desktop app 😞


There is also a sort of inverse issue to the above, where I am unable to copy unplayable songs between playlists.  It may be a bit strange, but this is a critical piece to my listening flow, and is driving me to look at alternative services despite my ~10 years of loyalty.



1) You could previously filter in the "add to playlist" list with keyboard inputs (information not shown anywhere, by the way. I stumbled upon this by accident). You can no longer do this. This is a straight downgrade.


2) The search bar in a playlist. It used to be ever present, and persistent. Now it is always hidden, the button for it is on the opposite side of the playlists and if you filter in two different playlists, it forgets what you filtered in the first playlist. So if you want to search for something in a lot of playlists, things got more difficult, annoying and tedious. Hiding the search bar behind a button is an anti-user move.


3) The artist column no longer exists, and artists are now shown under the song name, just like on the website version of spotify. If you want to filter by artist you have to toggle through the title filters first. There was always enough space in the desktop version for all columns. I don't understand this change, as the user still has no control over how long each column can be.


4) Tooltips no longer work. If there's a long name for the song name or album, you're out of luck. The only way to learn it is to click on the song / album and go to its page.


5) Keyboard shortcut list hidden behind a combination of buttons only found here. Thanks for at least making it. Most shortcuts aren't logical. Why force impractical alt+shift+KEY when alt+KEY is used only once and shift+KEY zero times? Please think of combinations that require a single hand. I hope we'll be able to modify keyboard shortcuts, even if we have to do it by editing a file.

Casual Listener

This new Spotify desktop app is slower.

It's inconvenient and more complicated.

It's missing popular features.

It's ugly on my small laptop screen because of it's ugly scaling.


Good job, devs, you deserve a raise!


Of course they removed the ability the revert to the old UI. F-u-c-k you Spotify.

Casual Listener

Miss having the actual date that newest music releases came out. Before the update, when going to the artist's page you could see the exact date (month, day, year) of the new release, not just the year. Miss this!

Casual Listener
and you may have noticed a growing gap between the Desktop and Mobile apps in some cases.

wth does this mean. The desktop app has always been miles better than mobile (at least for Android), so they wanted to make the desktop app more like mobile? Why????


So in addition to all the other issues, I now tried to copy one of my playlists by moving the songs to a new one, and it just decided to copy random songs. Given that it defaults back to the top when toggling between playlists it's also basically impossible to find out which songs that have been copied and not (the playlist consists of almost 3000 songs). How on earth have this UI made it through the development stages, and where did you find these so called testers of yours that have given this UI massive positive feedback. It's just plain and simple impossible that they exist..


The radio silence that you're doing is not really sexy either.. At least stand up for you mistakes and tell us how far you have come in fixing them and which issues that will be prioritized.


My Spotify has crashed four times today.   Because 'Cut' has not worked since the update and 'Copy/Paste' started working again after a further update yesterday then stopped working again today, I must drag tracks to where I want them in a 3000+ song playlist.  Not only is this teeth-grindingly maddening and takes so much time, but the new Spotify cannot cope with all this unnecessary dragging of tracks and simply freezes and closes.  Since the new UI Spotify has crashed at least once every single day yet I cannot remember it ever doing so in the previous 10 years.  So not only is the new UI worse in every conceivable way but it is unstable too.


Two simple questions.  How did this travesty get past the first stage of testing?  When are you going to put the paying customer first and do something about it?

Casual Listener

Great, let's just now be ready for all new experiences Spotify APK Spotify is the all-time best application I have with me in good or bad times.


Found Deezer to be a good alternative if anyone is looking for a UI similar to Spotify's old UI.

Gig Goer

How can I access my search history? It has been almost two months since you made Windows software for Spotify much worse, when are you going to put back the search history function?


I search for a song, and then I want to be able to find it again in my search history (just like before). I do not want to listen to artist's whose careers Spotify aims to help. I WANT TO LISTEN TO WHAT I WANT TO LISTEN TO!!!!

Gig Goer

You have until the end of May to fix the search history, or else I will be cancelling my service of over 10 year with you. Taking money from you is the only language you understand! And tell your owner to stop screwing around with buying Arsenal, and tell him to FIX THE WINDOWS SOFTWARE!!!!!!!

Gig Goer

And I don't buy your explanation at the top! What? You don't have enough money to have different teams for different UI's depending if it is PS4, PC, Android, etc? You have to make it all look the same like some kind of fascist 1984 Spotify? 


I've gotta say, overall the new design is great. My one gripe:


Much like @podevyns said in their thread, not having the sub-folders show up as sub-folders in the playlist view is pretty rough. The whole reason I have it sorted into sub-folders in the first place was to keep grouping consistent and easy to navigate.


Please bring back the view of showing sub-folders as an individual tile instead of auto-expanding all of the playlists in the sub-folder. 🙏🏽


The new update is so bad I had to create an account here 😞 Let's sum it up:

- It's hard to find all my daily mixes (I can see only two of them)

- I can't start playlist directly from Home tab (I have to open the playlist and then use play button there, in previous version it used to work on one click. A new click is extra annoying)

- Any previous bugs wasn't fixed (I talk about album art on Linux It's know bug for over an year).


I'm not sure whether interface design is an art or a science - but it is one at which Spotify have zero talent.

They are, however, much worse at documentation.

A couple of semi-random comments:

Using the desktop interface with its carefully chosen colouring of black tastefully contrasted with black, I find myself accidentally clicking stuff all of the time when I want to scroll.

Where is Albums - my primary 'target'  - took me a day to find. (It's HOME // LIBRARY // MORE (did someone say capitals is shouting


Beyond incompetent.




The new share context menu on the desktop app is trash. I shouldn't have to copy the link or URL to share to a social media. I shouldn't always have to use my phone for Spotify when I am sitting at my computer. Bring back the old share context menu that showed the different social media platforms.