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,



This new UI design absolutely BLOWS.


It removed the local files option and now just- The entire thing looks absolutely, horrifically ugly and tacky and hideous and terrible. The previous UI design looked better than this current trainwreck of a disaster of a crime of a UI needs to be thrown away/abolished and for you brainless, uselessly hopeless, foolish nobodies need to rethink this entire thing and DESIGN A BETTER UI. Christ-



how i can hide this blank space at


... at the bottom?


why i cant edit my post?


"list-like Discography view" IS BACK!!!!


THANKS!!!! @Dan


I find it very hard to tell which songs are liked with the new horrible playlist layout.  With the old one it was impossible to miss. Seriously, who thought that putting the heart icon on the far side of the screen from the song title was a good idea? Now I have to try and scan perfectly vertically across the whole screen to try and guess which heart icon goes with which song. Please, for the love of sanity Spotify people restore it to the old position next to the title so that you can actually see easily whether a song is liked!


This all on its own makes the new interface extremely frustrating to use for me.





If this update added any useful new features I've yet to find them. All I see here is an inexcusable, intolerable loss of features and a downgraded, worse organized interface than before.

My two biggest issues are how needlessly complicated the way Albums, Singles & EPs, and Compilations are sorted when I just want to see the full discography, and the infuriating way only about 5% of my library gets shown when I go to the Artists and Albums pages, requiring me to scroll down a ridiculously long way so I can load in 5% more at a time if want to reach the bottom. Both of these issues didn't exist before this update, that is unacceptable.


I want to thank the SPOTIFY TEAM for making the decision to cancel my subscription VERY EASY due to these ridiculously stupid and uninintuitive UI changes.


You are **bleep**.


My desktop app just updated. I can see how it looks nicer with the album art in the list, but I would like an option to hide it. I prefer a more compact view, and with this I feel like I need the entire Spotify window to be larger to view everything.


You've also messed up podcasts. There is no option to hide episodes which have been played. This is important to me.


yes Spicetify is dope, just got it. layout is so much cleaner and easy to navigate. Would recommend!


The new version runs like complete garbage. Podcasts play out of order and you can't see they're duration if they have been played. The timeline constantly skips between times if you click on it to skip ahead. Playlists are not fully loaded and you have to wait for them to load in order to get to the bottom.


The update makes the Albums section unusable for me. I have a lot of saved albums, and it would take several minutes to scroll to the bottom of them all because they load so slowly. And once I've done that and I navigate away from the Albums section, when I come back, the albums have been unloaded, and I'd need to scroll for several minutes to get to the bottom of the list again.


Copy/paste of local files between playlists does not work any longer in this new UI.  This severely hampers how I manage my playlists.  Quite infuriating!! 


I'll not reiterate all of the other perfectly valid points that have been made in the 1200+ comments pervious to this one.  Suffice it to say that I agree with an overwhelming majority of them.
I'll just say this - I think it was a bad decision to bring all of the mobile app functionality to desktop.  Optimizations made for mobile can render desktop unusable and vice versa.  Sure, you've paid down some tech debt by putting everything under one roof, but by way of sacrificing user experience.  So here we are, with a horde of **bleep** off people at your doorstep. 
I sincerely hope that you are taking this feedback to heart, and begin doing something about it.  Apparently this move should make it easier to bring us the improvements we are asking for.  We'll see.

Casual Listener

Issues have been raised to advocate for better functionality but apparently don't get considered until they have enough votes - vote below:


Separate song and artist columns -


Turn off album covers in playlists -


Density slider to better use desktop screen area -





Podcasts auto play, which I don't like. Because I have the newest episode at the top, I don't want it to start playing last week's episode.


The left sidebar with all of the playlists is really dark, almost like it's greyed out. Hovering the mouse over the text "highlights" it from dark grey to slightly less dark grey.

Casual Listener
Agree with folks here.

I have been a premium family subscriber for ages, and have a heap of playlists I've built over months and years that as a game designer and artist and hike around sort of person, I listen too constantly.

- Not being able to see both artist name and song name at the same time is INSANE.
- A UX change like this anywhere else would include an option in settings to check off what details your like to list in columns, as iTunes and Windows Explorer and Apple Finder have done for ages. No options here. Stuck with date added, album name (possibly the least useful information for a playlist builder) and either artist or song, not both. I'm stupefied how this UX change rolled out without options.
- Artists now have all their songs folded into rows of Discography albums. No list of songs Grouped by album any more. Why add this extra step? Who cares about albums any more? If your playlist building, you want to drag and drop things with expedience. Not pop open every album like packets of peanuts to dig out the tracks.

So stupefyingly disappointing.

Really essential features that were implemented already and are now missing and downgrading everyday use big time are.


* Being able to sort songs in a huge playlist from last song added to first song added. (recently it seems only be able from oldest to latest - cannot live without it)


* Within a playlist having a permanent accessible filter function to search for songs inside the playlist. (I am experiencing this issue on my Android Mobile App. The filter can be activated but every time I have to go into more settings, search within the playlist, then search.....uff too much work. We need the permanent filter sitting on top of the playlist back! must have)

Friendly greetings,



This update has been a massive kick in the teeth. The ONLY thing that needed updating was a toggle switch to filter live tracks/remixes.


I'm now actively looking into other services, despite the hassle of the playlist hostage situation. It is that bad.


This UI is by far the most ridiculous update these dumbass clowns at Spotify have ever come up with, and that speaks VOLUMES. I miss the old user interface so much that even thinking about using the new one and how incompetent it is infuriates me. IT'S PRACTICALLY FEATURELESS!!! Spotify clearly doesn't give a rat's ass about what their paying customers want and they continue to prove it time and again.


Hey @Wolfqng,


We're looking into several reports of reduced performance with the new app and will keep optimizing it, so you should see improvements soon.


Thank you for your patience while we work on this!


Hi @11183000366,


at this moment, we don't plan on having a feature like this and will be focusing resources on other features and improvements.


For the fastest way to add a whole album to your playlist, from your library, the artist page, the discography page or the album view itself, right click on its cover and select Add to playlist.



Take care!