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,


Music Fan

Thanks @Blacklabel78, great answer!


Also this just showed up in my news feed:

Casual Listener

Been a user since the beginning and I'm looking for alternative services now. These forced UI updates are horrific and removing the ability to manually edit the prefs file now is the last straw,


Just again to highlight - thanks to previous posters that there is a way to go back to the old desktop app:

1. uninstall new  garbage Spotity app

2. install old one

3. remove permissions from the Update folder, so the application fails to install updates:

How to disable Spotify from auto updating PERMANENTLY - Complete Guide 2019 - YouTube

This is working nicely for me so far 🙂

Casual Listener

Thank you very much acidjunkie. I'll try this for now, but I'm immensely frustrated at all the hoops I need to jump through to regain features the old desktop app had for a service I pay a lot for (Family Plan). Actively looking for alternative services and hoping to vote with my wallet and cancel my account after this debacle.

Gig Goer

To @pnr8555,


At your suggestion, I tried the web app instead of the desktop app.  I find that local tracks on my desktop are not available on the web app.  This is a show stopper for me, unless I find a way to access my local files.

Casual Listener

This worked well for me as a short-term solution (similar to the above video):



Do you happen to know if anyone has found a way of doing this for other operating systems? I use Linux so this video unfortunately can't help.

I don't use Linux so can't help you with that. But I'm pretty sure the same
trick would work there as well.

The new UI is absolutely atrocious and the fact you can no longer over ride it using the prefs file is really a poor choice on Spotify's end. We are now forced to use an awful version of the app. This and getting rid of DJAY integration, not to mention the price increase - I am ready to switch.

Biggest issues with the new update:

- You have to click to get to search - why not just have the search bar always present like it used to be. It's not like there isn't enough room seen as you went down the Padding x1000 route.

- New artist page sucks serious **bleep**. You can't view lists of all the music - you have to click on the individual single or album artwork instead of just scrolling through a list. Did you purposefully design the app to require more steps?


You say you tested this for over a year - on who? It can't have been a human.


Please allow us to change our preferences to use the old design or I am definitely going to switch.

Casual Listener

I'm going to make this as absolutely clear as I can.


I've been using Spotify Premium for years. If you don't revert the **bleep** UI, or give me the option to go back to the old one, I'm cancelling and switching to a different music provider.


You have slowly been making the Spotify app worse and worse every single year. First you removed subtitles, then you reorganized everything in an ugly way, and now you've removed some of the most basic features. Trying to find a song by an artist? good luck trying to find it in the artist's profile now. Unless it's one of their "top songs", you're not gonna find it.


Revert the changes. No one likes them. Stop being stupid.

Casual Listener

Dear Spotify.






I held off on posting for a while to see if anything would change, and it hasn't. There have been no noticeable fixes to known day 1 issues for weeks and this is getting frustrating.

First off, is there a way to be removed from this forced beta testing? My Premium subscription doesn't exist so I can have the pleasure of beta testing unfinished software that's full of bugs, I want to use something that actually works.


Issues I am having;

Regardless of what I do, podcast playlists are always sorted in an absolutely random order with no regard to episode number or release date every time when navigating to the list. This appears to have been known since day one of this forced beta but it has yet to be fixed.


When skipping using the + or - 15 sec button with podcasts, the play head will skip by 10-30 seconds in a random direction. Same thing happens when clicking in the bar to skip forward, it almost always goes to some time before where the playhead was.


Just general UI issues, the "beta" layout is terrible. The biggest gripe being the search bar, oh wait sorry, the search button, then the search window. Why was that even changed? Useless extra click to save zero UI space.


Why remove the listed discography view? That was one of the best things about using Spotify, now its just totally gone and has been replaced by a really crummy poorly designed list that doesn't even show all discography requiring yet ANOTHER click to see EPs etc.


Why move the artist name UNDER the song title? Literally no one sorts music like this, and having to click on the song title sort 3 times to sort by artist is just stupid.


These issues and many others have been known for over 2 months now, but nothing seems to have been done. If this continues, I will be cancelling my account and moving to a different service, this is getting ridiculous.


Again, is there a way to remove myself or be removed from this stupid forced beta update list where random users are chosen and forced to beta test your unfinished software? I don't pay for a subscription to have a beta test forced on me. I can't believe someone thought this was a good idea to implement. Why not have a beta opt in feature like almost every other desktop software? Steam has had this function for YEARS.


Let's face it... Spotify —as we know it— is dead. No more real Music discovery, no more room for Playlist creation, no more Artist discography display, no more Search bar, no more handcrafted original playlists made by Users..


The reality is: Spotify is now a big stinky radio station.. They want us to listen to commercial music on shuffle and on repeat, selected by the stupid algorithm. They want to spoon-feed us their "top songs", which make the most money for the Company whilst maximizing its revenue.


Users: We deserve a better user experience

Spotify: Nah. It's all about the money, honey.


Users: Bring back the previous UI. Please, we beg you!

Spotify: Go away pesky power-users. We're running a multi-million business here. Don't like it..? Put your finger in your shuffle button. OH YEAH.. Shuffle, shuffle, shuffle and shut up!


The new forced UI is clunky and looks like it's made for touchscreens, while obviously being a desktop app. Why would you change the list view? Why make everything look bloated and big? Why move the artist label UNDER the title of the track, and not its own column? Why remove the list view of all the songs of an artist on their page and make listening through the artists music even harder?


So many weird anti-user choices for the sake of a "sleek" UI, which clearly failed.


Give you a month or two and I'm switching to Tidal or Amazon Music. They might not have a much better UI, but you surely do not listen to your users, and thus do not deserve my money.


I seriously hate this new UI, there is so much to complain about, but I don't understand all the complaints about the search bar. Yes, the old search bar was visible at all times, but it still required one cursor click before you could enter anything, just like the new search function. To me there is no difference. Or am I missing something?


Anyway, the new workaround is working fine for me so far, though I'm afraid it won't be long before they find a way to spoil this too. Thanks to everyone who posted this and to the guy from reddit who came up with this and to the other guy from reddit who posted how to prevent the login on every restart. 



Glory be to Reddit!


Casual Listener
i'm now trying out Tidal and finding it very intuitive and functional:
yes, the search box is up there stationary and visible always. smart
results show up in a drop-down list (with images!).
and i like the queue management. and under Explore, there are serious
and informative articles related to your selected genre.

i'll give it a month or so. and if i can get the Tidal Connect working on my
RaspberryPi, i will seriously consider moving off of Spotify. oh yeah,
also the hi-fi streaming and its price. right now, Tidal Hi-Fi is too

Absolutely horrible.

There was nothing wrong with the version that was "revamped."

Dedicated search bar - REMOVED 

View all songs by an artists - REMOVED

Discovered On feature - REMOVED

That's not streamlining or simplifying things... you've ultimately made it more difficult to experience music & programs. 

I sincerely hope folks keep hammering you all. Not to be nasty or rude, but to get you all to see the error in your ways. Serious misstep here. And for the powers that be, please don't be fooled - the dissatisfaction runs deep. Outside of this forum, there are legions of users rallying on reddit to facebook to youtube & beyond echoing the sentiments made here by miserable Spotify users.


Good job, Spotify. I am now migrating everything to Deezer, and once i'm done trying it i'll most likely give them my money instead of you. 



Bring back the exact release date of tracks on the desktop app!

Not having it makes it impossible to make playlists sorted by date (weekly music news playlists for exemple).

And when you discover a new artist and have several albums/tracks out from the same year it's impossible to know which one is the last one.

It's really really really annoying

Even more annoying is that it features on the phone one !!!

Bring back the exact release date of tracks on the desktop app!