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,



So basically, you are telling your customers that not only removing features, but basic ways how applications usually behave on given platform is okay. Why? Because it's unified and some big ego UX master with sales manager figured out it will be awesome and cost effective? All the feedback you received over past weeks apparently does not count. Nice one, really, nice one... I would like to hear some reasonable explanation here, see the roadmap etc. As it is now, it just feels all wrong and I am afraid sooner or later you will just cut out classic app for good without having any feasible replacement. 😞



So you're basically saying "*Fuсk off, we don't care about anything you've said for the past month, eat our sh*t as it served - bon appétit!". 

Did you know that if you have nothing useful to say, then it's better to shut your mouth so you don't say anything that would hurt even more? 

Stop making people angrier.

Casual Listener

I hate the new look.  Where is the Made For You option!?  I look at this weekly and it made finding new music so much easier for me.  Now I have to dig through all these other random playlists in my library just to find my usual things.


Please bring it back.  I understand that change can be a good thing every once in a while, but this makes me hate the desktop app.


Why would you take away such a useful convenience away?  It just doesn't make sense.




Is that true Spotify with new UI consumes over 1G of memory now? With old UI is around the 300M, yet I am afraid to switch back to new UI to confirm this. Then again if that is the case, isn't it bit too much for application which is supposed to run whole day on the background? Unified or not…

Casual Listener

"We're working on bringing back a list-like Discography view..."



I can't even accurately describe the relief and hope I felt from reading that one line, haha. Like a depressing weight lifted from my shoulders....YAY!


There are many things sure I'm not thrilled about with the new UI, but I can put up with all the rest if those disappointments if this one crucial feature finally comes back. PLEASE DO IT ASAP! Huge support for that feature here! I might even become a paying member just for that. I still feel slightly skeptical that this feature will actually come back anytime soon, though, so I'm not subscribing yet, but I will if it does!


THANK YOU!! For looking at bringing the one-page discography feature back and for FINALLY giving us a relevant response.


Thank you guys for breaking the device switching function. The music just stops playing when you try to do it. It took me about 10 tries today before it worked. Bravo, you've broken one of the most important things in the app. Disappointments continue every day.


Yeah, this new update is pretty disappointing. First of all, the ethos of bringing the desktop app more in line with the mobile app is a weird decision to me. Phones and computers have entirely different display sizes and input devices, they simply don't have the same needs. I udnerstand wanting to have a similar aesthetic, but there's no reason to simply copy over the layout of one to the other.


More importantly though, scrolling in "my library" is completely ruined. I have probably close to a thousand albums saved in my library and the new update has made it extremely inconvenient to scroll through my library. It takes me over a minute to reach the bottom of the albums page, which is frankly unusable. I'm going to have to end up using my phone to find something to play and then move it over to my computer to actually listen to it.


Hi Spotify,

Huge fan of your service for years, but now you totally ruined it!

Most annoying things about the new update!

1. Search function hidden now. It is such a piece of garbage. Now I have to click to much when I want to find new music. WHY? Just why? There is plenty of space for the search bar. Its like you dont want us to find new music?  

2. Artist column gone. Why? Its now like we care about the album column anyways, but you choose to keep that one?

3. Discover Weekly. The prime feature of Spotify. Now hidden, forgotten on the search page, which doesnt make any sense.

Anyone knows how to bring back the old UI? I dont wanna pay for this


Don't have the ability to sort by most recent on a collaborative playlist, in addition to everything else that has been mentioned in this thread regarding what's wrong with this version. This is easily the worst update to the UI I've seen, and each update seems to only make the app worse.


For anyone wanting to revert to the old User Interface, i've just seen a video and its actually rather simple.


Why this isn't an option in the spotify preferences though is beyond my understanding.

Please just make it an option and don't force things onto people without even giving them any explanation in the client itself, a simple popup would do wonders.

Music Fan



just here to say I am very very displeased with the latest update.

the update iOS is even worse, if that was even possible.




cancelling until UI is rolled back. I can't even drag/drop searched songs in a playlist anymore. Before I could search a playlist for 'an artist' then drag one or several to the top of the whole list. Too much ass to list at all..


Couldn't agree more!!


Please allow the facebook column to be hidden!!!!!!!😱







I just got the update today, it's awful. I hate the mobile UI, so I'm not happy seeing it on my desktop. The primary way I listen to music (90% of the time) is selecting an artist, then listening to each of their albums in reverse chronological order. That's how I did it before Spotify and the old design worked great. If this doesn't change, I might just go back to hoarding music on my phone. It was always easier to pick out an artist in the Samsung Music app anyways.


Previously, I would:

1. Click the "Artists" button on the left

2. Pick an artist

3. Press play.


Now, I have to:

1. Click "Your Library"

2. Click "Artists"

3. Pick an artist

4. Scroll down

5. Press the small "See Discography" button that was put on the right side of the screen for some strange reason

6. Press Play


This change literally just makes the app twice as hard to use.


Please fire the **bleep** that recommended removing the artist column, then restore the artist column. Otherwise the update looks good.


@spotify please uncensor the word 1D10T, I think removing the artist column merits that title


@Eeuwen_Oud Thank you! It really worked!




How the **bleep** to I get the artist name to display as a separate column instead of jammed underneath the song title. It's a **bleep** useless interface without this when I'm trying to browse my huge playlists looking for a certain artist. I can't even control the formatting at all so the columns widths are just stupid as well.

Did anyone test the app on larger screens? this change is a complete joke, the text size looks like it was designed for someone to read from the other side of the room.

Casual Listener

I have never used the IOS app because I found it messy and now the desktop layout have gotten dysfunctional and messy too. I did not understand what had happened with the layout as it automatically changed last night, and I spent 40 minutes on support - just to get to know that it cannot be undone. I see that there are several people here having already addressed the issues experienced, and I hereby join the critics.