The New Desktop App

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

1,896 Comments
coconut94
Visitor

Regarding podcasts that have been running for years.... I need the "filter by unplayed" filter back, the one next to All Episodes....

 

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Jackaloqe
Newbie

New update feels REALLY bad on smaller resolution screens. I can hardly navigate the app anymore. Please compact the UI for smaller windows to compensate smaller screens. I hafto scroll for miles to find my place in the podcasts I was listening to (which btw have been stuck on shuffle since the update), not to mention the fact the controls for changing viewing order for podcasts is straight up off the screen when trying to switch back to 'oldest to newest'. PLEASE fix these oversights effecting smaller desktop screens (and the podcast shuffle bug, which yes I've troubleshooted every proposed solution for that I could find on the forum)

lode_df
Regular

Nerd here. I'm missing the actual release date next to the "latest release" of an artist. Thanks for bringing that info back.

Alex180500
Music Fan

This update seem to have a lot of problem but I generally like the design of the new UI. Although it's TOO MUCH SLOW for  I'll stick my feedback on the new UI.

 

Mobile Version:

It should remember the last state of the library in which you left the app, it's always 1 click extra!

 

Desktop:

THIS IS IMPORTANT: Library always opens the playlists by default and it's SUPER SLOW for me with a lot of playlists, make it default the last chosen tab (albums, artists, podcasts or local) or just let me choose the default tab with a new setting

 

WHAT I LIKE OF THE NEW UI!

  • finally grid albums on mobile, thank god
  • you can search for playlists in playlist folder in desktop, thank you!!!
  • the desktop app is much faster when scrolling in huge playlist folders
  • for my main usecase (saving tons of albums, currently I have >2500 album playlists sorted by genres in folders) it's much faster than before
AMBIORIX
Newbie

Hello you guys at Spotify, at the moment I'm able to run the old version, which makes me feel like I'm actually following the music releases by way of your precise date of the latest release of any artist! From the moment you will condiser to impose again the new self-destructive layout and absurd functionalities of the update, and the precise date function is not restored at that moment, I will be out of here, for sure.  And I'm not talking about one or a few clicks more or less, you know, it's pure turning back the clock and taking away the great features that we were used to explore. Perhaps soon you'll bring us back the days of the faulty lyrics to the songs? What a farce that was! At a certain time, there was also the announcement or even promise to bring that feature back. Glad it hasn't come back, because that would have been miles harder to accomplish than to simply reacitivate one field!!! I don't know what you guys are up to. What makes you so stubborn? Is it that difficult to admit that mistakes have been made? Believe me, most of us do no want to move to another platform, but would be deeply thankful and respectful if you'd consider bringing back most of the desktopadvantages of the past. Please consider listening to the thousands of unsatisfied users now! Have a good life, anyway! 

NeoMod
Casual Listener

Hire some professional designer, really.

 

This UI is not something even remotely ready for "Beta Testing": it should be in the "Alpha" stage, and only for internal testing.

 

 

bestknighter
Regular

Hi everyone at Spotify!  I have noticed the new UI you did! I'm still getting used to it haha
By the way, I have noticed that on my desktop, which has an ultrawide monitor, you changed something that was previously present. It makes using the desktop app quite awkward in such a wide display. I made a community post with more info about it plus some screenshots. https://community.spotify.com/t5/Desktop-Windows/Spotify-Redesign-is-broken-in-ultrawide-monitors/m-...
If you could fix just this one little thing, I'd be happy!

vz42
Visitor

When I click on the back on a page of an artist, it goes back to the very beginning of the whole artist list. WHY???? In the latest interface after pushing the back, it was immediately on the place, where I left, where the artist, for example in the end of the list. Such an **bleep** update.

And why the **bleep** cannot see the WHOLE discography, when I click to "see discography"? I understand, I can listen only to the Singles and EPs, or to the albums. But WHY cannot see ALL of the songs, from ALL of the albums/singles/EPs anymore? Why isn't there an option for that? In the latest interface I can did that.

Why did you made these absolutely illogical, and pointless "updates"? These are so clear expectations from a music stream service.

eayala703
Newbie

This new UI is awful, jesus christ please revert back to the old one.

jabrevno
Newbie

I had old UI until literally today. Might have been the region i'm in didn't get the rollout as fast, i dunno. Opening the program and seeing new cleaner UI was a very much "yay" moment, as i never read any news about these things - i use program to comfortably listen to music. Mood soured quickly when i tried to search for something and later plummeted when i tried to listen to specific artists' tracks. I know this was mentioned before (for 5+ months since new UI was tested, if googling is to be believed) and now fixes for these new fresh issues (features?) are "in consideration". But i'm sitting here alone, fuming, screaming at the wall and just being properly sad about inability to reason with whoever can fix this directly, so i thought i'd write it out too. Don't need old UI back, just the old features. I know it's greed that makes companies do this. Must help artist exposure to send angry people clicking through bunch of albums they have no interest in or similar convoluted marketing logic. But sir, Spotify, please, throw me a bone, do me a solid, make me whole again.

tmichael2020
Newbie

We need a vaccine for this UI variant!

 

Spotify is one of the few places I have found solace during the COVID-19 pandemic. It has been like being able to drop in on an old friend, anytime, anywhere in the midst of the lockdowns. Simple, predictable, and user friendly; no hassles, no headaches. Everything worked just fine and it was a source of musical joy.

 

Personally, I didn't think it was possible to make the pandemic any worse. But you, Spotify, have achieved that. What a disgrace.

tmichael2020
Newbie
I feel your pain. I woke up Thursday to this mess. It's given me nothing
but headaches, and good reason to consider the Apple Music platform. Had no
warning, feeling blindsided. Live in Massachusetts, rollout seems random at
best. Sigh. What happened to "Keeping the customer satisfied"? Yikes!
tmichael2020
Newbie
It doesn't look any better on larger screens either. Large swaths of dark
nothing. We use a 55" Sony 4K TV as a duplicating monitor on the wall; the
27" desktop isn't much better. So much wasted space. Still SMH. 😟
avaaaaaaaaaaa
Newbie

I don't normally comment on these things, but I strongly disliked this update and wanted to share some of the issues I'm having. I'm definitely not the only one voicing my complaints, as this seems to be widely unpopular, but I hope with widespread dissatisfaction being made clear, the team will consider reverting back to the old version of spotify. Here are my main issues:

 

1) Local files cannot be found using the search bar. I often use local files interspersed with Spotify's music and not being able to search for them is a large inconvenience that frankly annoys me a lot, since I am able to search for local files on Apple Music. Since previously local files were found in the song section of the search tab, i don't understand why they aren't there anymore.

 

2) Artist followers cannot be seen as easily. While listening to an artist, I would be able to find an artist's followers under their name in the "Recently Played Artists" tab on my profile. This was information that I found interesting and helped me to judge if it was likely that one of my friends had already heard an artist or if I should recommend them. While I understand this info can still be found on the artist's page, it is less accessible and less convenient.

 

3) Like many others, I greatly would appreciate for the full discography to be displayed on an artist's page as soon as possible. My primary way of listening to music and finding new music was starting at a random point on an artist's discography and listening from there. This new UI no longer allows me to do that, which frustrates me.

 

4) Allow more than 50 items in the queue to be visible. I often queue 100+ tracks at a time, and during my day, I like to look and see what I have up next - all of it. This doesn't seem to be a complicated ask, since it's just reinstating what already existed previously.

 

5) There is still no block button on Spotify. I've subscribed to that suggestion chain which has been open since 2013 and has over 1000 supporters. I've heard many many stories of people who are dealing with stalkers and abusers, and this app is creating an unsafe environment for them. All other large mainstream social platforms have block buttons. Spotify also needs one.

 

6) I personally just don't like much about this update at all. It looks much clunkier and the layout is unpleasant. I understand that the old UI can't come back for just individual folks, but the response to the new UI has been largely very negative so I suggest just scrapping most of these changes and returning the old UI for all users please.

 

Personally I have loved Spotify for a while. But this update took away what was special about it and made it clunkier to use than most other streaming platforms. I'm seriously considering switching to another platform.

meow-box
Visitor

Please bring back the 'Sort By' option for podcasts on the Desktop app (please don't remove it from the mobile app)! It's essential for long-running podcasts, especially when starting a new podcast that's listened starting on episode 1. Also, it'd be GREAT if there was a 'Played' indicator for podcast episodes that were already played and finished. The podcast UX leaves a lot to be desired, but these changes would make it better!

tmichael2020
Newbie
Re: #6) The new UI looks like the mobile app enlarged for desktop use.
Awful decision. We must persevere.
AeroZ
Composer

The scaling in the new desktop app requires improvements. People are not seeing all available columns in playlists if their device doesn't have high enough resolution. You shouldn't have to zoom out and do other tricks to see all the available columns in a playlist. The view should be scaled and all columns should be shown by default.

At the same time using a higher resolution device/screen and zooming out doesn't improve anything. Instead of showing more data/albums/playlists on the screen it just makes everything smaller without filling the free empty space.

 

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PistolPeet
Casual Listener

Don't read all of the updates, but just want to come here and add another voice that this UI sucks. Isn't UX mindset is to make things easier?

 

- like the artist column that makes things clearer at first glance?

- artist full discography on the first page, rather have to spend one click more in order to see them?

- Clear search bar on top that is present all the time is gone, unlike your upgrade icon which they somehow won't let go of.

 

I get it that they might want to have the same look and feel from the mobile version so it's brand consistent, but do not sacrifice user experience. I mean the artist tugged in under the song name on mobile it's for a reason because there is no damn space and all other bad things about this desktop UI are simply mobile friendlier but not desktop. 

Mamar
Casual Listener

Moving tracks around in a playlist (because many people LIKE good mixes) is a nightmare: slow, heavy, frustrating

Mamar
Casual Listener

This update will remain a big stain and a huge mistake, sure thing

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