The New Desktop App

dan
Roadie

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.

 

Thanks,

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.

Thanks,
Dan

 

ORIGINAL POST -----

 

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,

Dan

1,536 Comments
ManMachine
Casual Listener
@Xenia:
You’re welcome to submit a new idea, if you’d like to suggest something different. Just keep in mind that we can’t accept complete rollback requests and other ideas that include multiple requests. More info on that here.

Do you mean that we should put every regression in there as a separate post?

Feels a bit excessive if you ask me, but if it's required I guess that's what needs to happen.  Maybe someone could set up a separate (external) bugtracker to make it a bit easier?

tsmith
Newbie

Please bring back the Artist column. I have the screen real estate, please use it! Also, if you're going to deemphasize a column (please don't, however), why pick Artist over Album?

Intelli32
Casual Listener

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The "Made for you" section on the Home screen. I argue that the two most important playlists here are Discover Weekly and Release Radar. However, release radar is placed so far back I have to use the "See all" button to see it. 

Also, all of the Home screen sections should have horizontal scroll like they are on mobile app. But you just did not bother to fix that for the desktop.

MStachowicz
Regular

Hey everyone,

 

I'm on a crusade to get the option to hide the overlay back. Please give this a vote and tell your friends to do the same:

 

https://community.spotify.com/t5/Idea-Submissions/Desktop-Other-Return-the-option-to-hide-media-keys...

 

Thanks

Anzock
Casual Listener

I didn't get the Update?
My friend got it, and when I googled it I only found posts from 2014 and 2018, I couldnt install a update, restarted my PC and reinstalled it, still nothing, and for other people its already there for like 2 weeks...

Anyone knows how I can get it or when it will be available?
Thanks in advance

griblik
Newbie

Just want to add my voice to the mass of disappointment; I find the new UI painful enough that I'm editing prefs files to get rid of it and running a trial of Deezer for when the classic UI inevitably gets tech-debted out. I've even finally registered an account in the community after god knows how many years of using Spotify just to say how bad it is (and look for a way to make it go away - KatsPurr, you are a god amongst kats).

 

I get that you're trying to unify your codebase, but this is honestly awful. The homepage doesn't show me anything I'm looking for. Reducing the menu options to 3 only works for the fragment of your user base who want those 3 and no others. Not having an album list in the artist view... I'd be genuinely interested in seeing whatever research led you to believe that would be a good idea.

crying_unicorn
Music Fan

Do whatever you want with layout just please make only liked songs in albums and get rid of this silly "recommended albums/artist" section. Just show every artist and album with liked songs. I don't want to keep so much song names in mind and type them every time I want to listen something. Jesus is it really so hard to make this?

Other_Self
Newbie

@Xenia

Yeah, we've noticed that "that the previously separate Your Library links have been combined into a single link", and we said that NO ONE ASKED FOR THIS. 

 

"Vote"? Huh? You TOOK AWAY dozens of features WHICH WE'RE PAYING FOR and now you're telling us "well, if you want them back, then go vote for them, and maybe we will be kind enough to bring them back". 

 

Thanks for spitting in our faces. 

lblackwelluk
Roadie

@Xenia

 

Could you please clarify what you mean by submitting a new idea in this case.

This thread, and others before it, are filled with hundreds of specific, detailed descriptions of what has been broken, removed, or otherwise needs to be addressed.

 

Every time someone from the Desktop team (moderator, staff, etc) has posted, they assure users that all feedback is being noted and sent along to the right people. @Hubo often says "getting passed to the right folks."

 

All of these may not be new ideas in the purest sense--they're more important that that. These are genuine problems that didn't used to be problems. They're now bugs and badly needed fixes.

 

New ideas are not what's needed -- we need new fixes to new problems which have been introduced in a quest for a fresh, new look (how does that help music which is, by definition, an audible experience?) and a fix for past framework decisions?

 

But in sincerity, does Spotify genuinely want a new idea submitted for each of the items which have already been listed and said to be passed on to the right people on the right teams? If that's the case, then where did all those feedback items go the first time? Or, to be clear, are those items now shelved and will not be addressed, so only new items should be noted?

 

lblackwelluk

gregswallow
Visitor

Not really a fan of change but I'm old and curmudgeonly.  Perhaps I'll come around.  But my main use of Spotify is its "Discover" feature, and somehow that's hidden away now.

 

Really, Spotify has the highest value real estate in my brain.  I'm totally open to suggestion on what I play when I'm not thinking, which is most of the time.  Now you're making me work too hard.

 

Please put the "Discover" and "Release Radar" features front and center.  And for God's sake stop pimping singles on "Release Radar" or at least give me the option to filter them out.  I'm a child of the 70's FFS.  I listen to *albums*.

 

Rather than yanking the rug out from underneath all of us, you'd have been wiser to start baking more social features into the app.  They're sorely lacking.  Why can I not click on a song or an album, choose "share," and send it to the friends I follow as an immediate suggestion?  All I ever talk about with friends is music and beer, and I've even quit drinking beer.  Let me talk about music.

goblin064
Casual Listener

Ok, ima start off by saying this app is so amazing. That being said, it's going to complete**bleep** with the lack of actual improvement. While the new desktop update looks more slick, the older version was way better. Im honestly disheartened that I have to use this version. Bugs still remain, im unable to see a preview of the songs in the playlist of the artist, its just  a big mess. Love how spotify pretends they care about their feedback, when clearly they don't. If it is not gaslighting them, they ignore it. Listen to your users who are complaining about the app and fix it!!!!!!!!

matneym
Newbie

Just got the update to the desktop app. While the overall appearance looks nice why in the world is "Artist" underneath the song title instead of having its own column? It makes no sense from a design standpoint to do it that way.  They should be separate columns.

ellick74
Casual Listener

How on earth do you add local files to playlists now? Even with my options toggled on, nothing shows up anymore. Anyone else have this issue?

pit1288
Music Fan

I cannot understand how they ended with this as final version when there are design errors like this next arrow on top of the scrollbar. Like, isn't someone downloading the program and testing how everything looks? NOBODY REALIZED ABOUT THIS???

 

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baoutch
Casual Listener

Whoever mentionned QBuzz thanks man... Just installed it. The sound quality is absolutely incredible, nothing compared to spotify.

And guess what, fasten your seatbelt, when I opened up the app, through the upper search bar, typing the name of an artist, I was able to land on a page with albums and songs from the artist. In one click. For real. And the songs were here too it was like magic. The album title even had its very own column !!!!

Who would have thought of such crazy ideas !

 

Real pb is the price for a single licence is equivalent to the family one at spotify... From what i see you can transfer your playlist.

kfarrell62
Newbie

Copy and Pasting to expand a Playlist does not recogonize duplicate songs.  I have a lot of on-going Playlists that I was able to copy and paste new songs into very quickly, that no longer works.  If I copy and paste any songs into a existing playlist, all songs are copied including duplicate songs.  I hope this can be fixed.

ELFanatic
Newbie

Yeah, I've been checking out QoBuz as well.  Discography is listed out instead of album pics.  There's good info on the album and song if you click on info.  It doesn't show amount of listens but maybe because they're still growing and their numbers over all aren't impressive.

 

No folders in the playlist section but you can sort play lists by latest, alphabetical or you can custom order your playlists.

Some really powerful stuff on first glance.

Still surprised nobody has a tagging system for songs.  And a way to filter songs by tags.  Tag it with genre, year, and anything else you want.  Then gimme all songs with the tag "indie" and "2010's" or whatever.

Jurgenbm
Regular

Hi, where's the option to find the URI of a playlist in the new app?

Jurgenbm
Regular

Never mind, found it: "You can still copy Spotify URIs if you hold down the modifier key (Alt/Ctrl) in the share menu"

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