The New Desktop App

dan
Spotify
Spotify

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

1,292 Comments
charlieforde1
Regular
forget it. spotify doesnt care.they have even blocked people from
installing an older version. if they really cared about what you wanted
they would let you have the older if you wanted it and the people that
liked the new one could keep it.do like i did and go somewhere else. im
much happier and my music sounds so much better. the people im with now
even show you what bit rate you are streaming in. spot doesnt do that
because they dont want you to know you are getting **bleep** and not giving
you a whole 320
Flanstario1
Composer

why I still don't have the new desktop application because I still have the legacy application. the deployment of the new app is too long.  that's when you're going to speed up the rollout of the new app.

 

The organization of the deployment of the new application is not well done.

Flanstario1
Composer

we are not well informed when the new application will be available to us.

ledge
Newbie

Just discovered that you no longer see a large album cover in full screen mode. If anyone else is annoyed by this update please vote for this idea: https://community.spotify.com/t5/Idea-Submissions/Desktop-Other-Option-to-maximize-album-cover-in-fu...

Other_Self
Newbie

Alright pals, i've tried to get an installer of an app's before-this-disaster-version, but their employee told me that they can't do that and that i can instead share a feedback. 

Well, my premium cancellation still stands till the end of May. If i don't hear anything useful from the dev team, im taking my money to somewhere else.

AgithaCastle
Newbie

Please make it easy to see the release date of songs/albums again... I've been creating monthly New Music playlists consistently since 2017, it was easy to see the artist's Latest Release and on what day/month/year it was released. Now it's gone, all I can see now is the release year, and the only way I can see this information is through the Android app which is very inconvenient (especially since I've been used to doing it through the desktop app for the last 4 years...) 

If this has been removed from the desktop app, I can only be inclined to believe that this will go away in the mobile app at some point too, which is honestly a terrible idea. This would effectively make it almost impossible to create New Music playlists that are up-to-date

drhumr
Newbie

Updated to the latest version – don't see any of the issues being addressed. Like others have stated, I'll be waiting for a month, then I'm done with Spotify.

lustrous
Visitor

So far, liking everything about the desktop redesign except I can't filter playlists when adding new songs to them. On OSX, but otherwise having exactly this issue: https://community.spotify.com/t5/Desktop-Windows/Update-Bug-Can-t-Search-for-playlists-when-adding-a...

ayakhaled
Composer

COMPLETELY ruined the classic Spotify experience!! this update was completely unnecessary and Ive been using Spotify SIGNIFICANTLY less than before. terrible attempt at making it better. bring the old layout back, whoever designed the new one deserves to be fired. nothing good to say about it.

RobMarr
Regular

Hey so, ever since the update, my devices don't sync my play history properly anymore.  They all look different.  They used to sort of stay in sync, but not anymore!  Here are some more bugs!

* When going to a podcast, the last podcast in the list (the one at the top) may not be the most recent episode!  Good luck! changing the sorting order to something else and back will show the newer episodes.

* When going to a podcast I'm partway through (because I switched devices) pressing play on the page for that episode starts the podcast over!  So cool.

* Because of the new super fat form factor, it's almost impossible to scroll through hundreds of episodes to figure out where I was - which I have to do, because the app no longer remembers!

Bun-Bun
Music Fan

@nippleDonkey

Amazon's way of doing album under the title is just as unacceptable as putting the artist there. It's a list view for a reason, rows and columns.

 

Bun-Bun
Music Fan

This **bleep** started over a year ago.

 

https://community.spotify.com/t5/Live-Ideas/Desktop-Allow-an-optional-switch-between-desktop-and-web...

 

Everyone might as well cancel their sub now. Spotify is not listening to feedback. They do not care.

1121776699
Newbie

it seems that every day a new error appears... I put songs in the queue, but the queue doesn't update. The song playing on the phone doesn't sync on the computer.  It's frustrating after 10 years of using it with no problems!!! 

smithpaul8
Casual Listener

Seperate out the artist and song title into different columns, suggestion needs vote to be considered apparently  - vote here:   https://community.spotify.com/t5/Live-Ideas/Desktop-Your-Library-Bring-Back-Separate-Song-Title-and-...

 

Ability toggle off the album covers next to songs in playlists/album lists needs votes to be considered apparently - vote here:   https://community.spotify.com/t5/Live-Ideas/Desktop-Toggle-the-display-of-album-covers-in-playlists-...

 

 

natsu90
Visitor

Hey @dan please do all of us a favor, rollback the update, and don't touch it again. 😡

datsunlaurel
Regular

Okay, since there is a glimmer of hope that Spotify will address the discography issue (it's not just about the song lists, I want to see the FULL DISCOGRAPHY without having to open it manually every single time), maybe they will also address some other issues. And really, I implore you, Spotify, bring back the super basic functionality of remembering where I was in a playlist when I re-enter this playlist. To be honest, this should even work when the app is shut down and re-opened again. How hard can it be to implement this? WHY on earth did you think it would be a good idea to scrap this??? Do you remember old MP3 players that wouldn't remember anything, that didn't have a 'resume play' functionality when switched off and back on? Well, the last time I saw a device behaving like this was at least 10 years ago! Your new app is a prime example of backwards evolution. 

 

I understand there are still some ways to use the old UI. Can someone recommend me the most simple method? I just checked out this link, but to be honest, this is too complicated for me.

ishtari
Newbie

Please give me back the option to disable the windows volume overlay, it's really annoying and the option to disable it in spotify has vanished.

JanNetm
Newbie

Hey, Spotify! I call out to the void, have you at least acknowledged all the negative feedback given in this thread as well as other threads? Are you aware of the masses of unsatisfied premium users? No? I guessed not.

robigouk
Composer

Received an update this morning:- 1.1.57.443.ga029a6c4-a

 

When I go to full screen, then come out of full screen (whilst a track is playing) click on another album (or just click on anything else in the app), if I then go back to full screen the timing is wrong (the full screen picks up from where I excited full screen I think).

slug_camargo
Music Fan

@datsunlaurel

Here's a pretty easy way to roll back. Though they'll probably disable it soon.

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