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,



Nothing surprises me anymore:




Just suddenly received all 7 years worth of anniversary badges at once LOL


I use Spotify because I can see a full Discography of each artist, in order, with all tracks shown. Why do you keep taking this away?


Why keep removing information from UI? It makes this way harder to use. For example when you search for Playlist, now you can only see part of name of the playlist and name of the creator. No information about number of followers (telling if playlist is any good) or number of Songs. This making searching new playlists very hard and annoying when you have to click all the playlist through to find relevant ones.


This sucks. 


New interface is a disaster... I'm using spotify since 2012, and I'm seriously considering to drop it. It was getting worse and worse for some time, but now it's an apogee .

It has never been as unusable as it is now. Everybody in my surrounding is frustrated as well. I've started to listen to music on Soundclound - at least it's free and the sound quality is premium. I think I'll move to Tidal...
What are those UX guys are paid for? Who was the one accepting that?


I was advised to comment on this thread regarding the behavior for the ctrl-l hotkey.

See  this thread for details.

The relevant problem is that the ctrl-l hotkey does not behave as expected on Windows, ie. does not conform to expected operating system behavior.


This problem is present on Windows for version I believe this problem has been present since the latest UI revamp. My recommendation is to bring back the old ctrl-l behavior, where pressing ctrl-l leads to caret focus on the query field, with the current value being selected. This is the expected behavior on Windows, and I would recommend that the Spotify application complies with expected behavior on the operating system.

sorry @auriculectomy,  you've been sent to this post to get ghosted.


Perhaps. I don't know what else to do, though.

Any suggestions for a service that has the selection of Spotify, and an application that is well behaved ?

The new desktop app, and other Spotify projects, smells a bit of "user engagement maximalization" and share price impact.

I'd rather see a simple and usable app that facilitates listening to music.

Music Fan

Its me, I'm back, again. Here to let you know of another bug that is occurring this morning and it is the worst bug of any of the ones I've reported.




The song is playing, but there is NO sound. 


Great work team! Excellent product!


Well myself and near 2000 other users share your despair. Lots of them have moved onto services such as Tidal or Deezer. 


I'm currently sticking around as i'm using the old "install previous version and block update fix"


There are plenty of instructions on Google, reddit, these comments on how to do it.


this forum is run by a bunch of liars and frauds who would rather direct everyone to this dead end thread than listen to their paying customers and implement much needed changes.


they sweep it all under the rug and then lie about it like they did right here:

Re: No we won't use your feedback thread - The Spotify Community


they dont respect us and yet they DEMAND that we show them respect. disgusting.


please return the "Artist Column"... its inane to remove it from an orgnizational standpoint but furthermore its demeaning to the artist. why is Spotify continuously inclined to treat artists like a secondary commodity???


I've cancelled premium, uninstalled Spotify on all platforms, and switched to Deezer HiFi. Tidal's MQA branding is a deceiving marketing tactic. It's not lossless. My whole office and family has moved to Deezer and we all enjoy it.

Gig Goer

We should probably stop using the Spotify-directed feedback threads garbage bins like good little tin soldiers.


If you want them to be read by staff, put your comments in new threads instead of replying here tbh.

Casual Listener

Tidal, Tidal, Tidal, Tidal.......and at the post Deezer.

I thought Tidal was going to win, but last mintute Deezer pipped the post. I like you can download your own MP3's, I guess a sort of local file and that tipped the balance.

Spotify is cancelled, goodbye and good luck everyone.


After turning the Desktop app**bleep**, now the Android app is useless for actually playing music from artists the way you want too.


Premium since 2012 but it's literally so frustrating to use the app now I've cancelled premium and am moving to another service. How does it take 2+ months to reinstate a feature that already existed? Why cant I play individual artist tracks on an app designed to play music? Why do you have to make it sso **bleep**ing hard to find the full discography of an artist?


**bleep** you whoever thought this new "user experience" was worth it.


I personally don't care that much about most of the changes, I can live with most of them.


One feature that is a deal breaker for me though is the lack of sorting by Unplayed podcast episodes. I'm in the middle of listening through a 13 year old podcast series with weekly episodes, and scrolling through 8 years of episodes to get to the next one simply doesn't work. For now I'm using my phone to control the desktop app through the "Connect to device", but it's not really a great option, I would prefer to actually use the desktop app. 


Please bring back the filter by unplayed feature. Or at the very least don't remove it from the mobile app.

Casual Listener

Hey devs, 

I'm pretty sure limiting the albums on the appears on page doesn't increase functionality or create a better experience for any music listener. Please bring back every album that an artists appears on, it's a way to discover new music. 

Thank You,


Seriously Spotify.


It's been 2 months on the new desktop app and it still feels so very crappy.


Please get back to the world where we could quickly run through an artist's songs just by swiping on the mac pad. Please give us back the Artist Column and the easy ranking accessible. Please put back the name of the person who added a song in a shared playlist to let us filter and rank with that info.


Please simply get back to the old desktop app.


Note: some stuff are nice like the Liked songs in an artist. But I think you can get rid of part of your UX teams. It's a shame to worsen that much user experience. I would be super interesting to understand the reasons for several choice. I work in UX design as well and I just dont understand some of the choices made. It just feels like your pushing mobile way to much. On desktop it just does not work the same way, we have spaces to get info, to have different features. Clicking on a computer and tapping on a screen are just not the same experienced feeling. Please do not let desktop app be so annoying that I want to quit your service.

Music Fan






Casual Listener

This is seemingly a minor feedback point, but the shuffle and repeat buttons at the bottom of the desktop web player lag a lot. Takes about 2 seconds for it actually to acknowledge that it was clicked. This is especially frustrating when going from "not repeating" to repeating the individual song, which takes two clicks. I used to be able to double click the repeat button all at once to get to this state, but now because of the lag it never makes it to the final setting I want.