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New Desktop Experience - your feedback wanted!

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Spotify is testing a new way for you to connect with your music on Desktop. The new desktop experience features an all-new design, streamlined with the Spotify apps on all your devices. 

 

This is a brand-new experience and some parts are still being fine-tuned. Be sure to give feedback with the steps below to let the right folks know what you think could be improved.

 

The other Rock Stars and I got the chance to test the new desktop experience first and now more users will be able to test it out and give their feedback for the team. If you are a passionate Spotify user and would like to join the Rock Star Program and be part of cool experiences like this, then check out this help article.

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How do I know if I’m using the New Desktop Experience?

The new desktop experience is not hard to spot with its new design! Your Library looks like this for example:

Why did the app change? 

This test is rolled out to a specific group of users at this moment. It’s not possible to sign up for this right now, but your interest is really appreciated. If you’re interested in testing out new versions of Spotify before everyone else, check this out: https://community.spotify.com/t5/Spotify-Answers/How-do-I-become-a-Spotify-Beta-tester/ta-p/4551518

 

If you’re looking for more information about how tests work and about how features are released, take a look here: https://support.spotify.com/article/why-am-i-seeing-different-features-than-my-friends/.

 

How to give feedback?

This thread is your go-to destination for asking questions, getting help for issues you may have, as well as to share your impressions and feedback on this new desktop experience. 

 

Keep in mind that pictures can say a thousand words, so if you have any screenshots of something you’d like to share of your experience be sure to post them here as well! The right teams at Spotify take their time to read the posts in this thread and use your feedback to fine-tune this new experience for everyone.

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Hi Everyone

Dan here again from the Desktop team.  The latest version of the Desktop client (1.1.51) is rolling out now and contains a lot of changes, improvements and fixes.  Here’s a short highlight of some of the changes you may notice in the new version.

 

Playlist changes

  • The ‘duplicate tracks’ dialog now correctly shows when multiple duplicate tracks are added to a playlist
  • It is now possible to select multiple tracks and drag to library or add to library from the context menu
  • Added keyboard interactions to playlist menu in the left sidebar
  • Added sorting dropdown to all playlist pages
  • Improved drag and drop performance on playlists
  • Fix playlist not being played in the sorted or filtered order when playing from the header play button

Others

  • Improved display of shortcuts on the Home page
  • Added listening history stats to user profile page
  • Improved restoration of correct scroll locations when moving back/forth
  • Added ability to select offline storage location from settings
  • Added ability to navigate to followers and following pages from the profile header

One  additional setting that I've seen some feedback on but unfortunately didn't make it in time for this release was the ability to change proxy settings.  This should be ready for 1.1.52.As always, please do ensure you’re fully updated and are running the latest version. We again thank you for the feedback provided.

 

Thanks,

Dan

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It’s time for a new look, in this update, Desktop has had a little makeover. You’ll discover a brand new titled look on your browse section similar to what you see on Mobile & Web Player today, you’ll see all of the genres ready to discover and easily accessible for you to discover more. Adding to a playlist is easier than ever when you are looking to add to a playlist no more scrolling through a list of playlists looking for the right one, you can now click the corresponding tile and you’re on the move - I’ve found this super helpful!

 

The new Desktop experience is pretty cool with lots of changes which are here and will get you to your music, right here, right now which is what Spotify’s all about. As always, we’d love to hear your thoughts! What’s new that you’ve discovered?

 

We’re staying tuned!

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Awesome update and awesome post! Well done @EthanS1 @Hubo @Emilia_8 @dinomight 🙂 🎉

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I really like the direction Spotify is moving with this new version of the desktop software. It’s nice when things are refreshed once in a while, and I feel like this is becoming much more streamlined and generally feels faster than the previous version. I think it’s really good for consistency having this and the web player be more closely related.

 

The new format of playlists is great. It’s nice to be able to see the album artwork next to tracks just like in the mobile apps, and I’m glad to see that sorting and filter features are functional as those have always been very important to me, especially when working with larger playlists. Overall, I like that the tracks have a bit more breathing room now, and this should be useful on devices with touch screens as well.

 

Overall, great work so far!

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The option to remove from this playlist does not work when you do it in the current playback. I put an image, it would be the third option below.

 

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Re: New Desktop Experience - your feedback wanted!

Visitor

Hey!

I just got access to the beta today and i personally really dislike it. The search bar is no longer available everywhere, rather you have to go onto the search tab to get access to it. You can also no longer press previous when you are in a 1 song playlist, so you cant rewind without manually draggin the bar anymore.

Other than that it look pretty good, but the color of playlists that can't be edited could be a little bit brighter

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Music Fan

STRONGLY hate the new UI. Just the other day I was trying another service due to Sony 360 support for my new headphones and figured I hated it due to everything being in album pages and today Spotify updates to look exactly the same.

 

The way I've been using Spotify is going to an Artist and scrolling through the albums and playing odd songs from odd albums. I don't know songs by album. I just want to scroll down until I see the box art and the name and click play.

 

Now I need to know the album that a particular song is in, click into it, play it.... exit, go into another album.

 

You can't even buy albums anymore so why do we need to go into album specific pages to listen to individual songs? 

 

Example: You want to listen to various Queen songs:

 - Bohemian Rhapsody

 - Don't stop me now

 - I want to break free

 - Miracle

 

Now... what album do I have to click into to find each of those songs? I have no idea because I never bought albums before. They might be in the Popular songs, but my favourite artist is "Infected Mushroom" and there's probably about 50 songs I like from them.

Artists like Queen and Michael Jackson are the worst cause they release new albums all the time with a variety of different songs on each... how am I meant to know which album I need to click into to get to a song I want?

 

I hate this UI so much I'm seriously going to cancel Spotify if the previous discography view doesn't come back.

 

P.S. I'm not one of those people who complain about things changing... I've seen my fair share of complainers during each of the Facebook UI refreshes but this is just worse in every way.

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Visitor

i really dislike this new UI the layout is so odd removing the search bar was a no no that thing is really useful. oh and not to mention the volume slider is completly **bleep**ed it isnt smooth it has severe lag and the volume near the middle of the bar is like its at the lowest for the old version and then jumps 20 times louder the more u move the slider to the right.

i dislike the fact i have to click "Your Library" to find my playlists and the discover weekly. 

i prefered the old way of searching for music that showed genres since it showed album covers and the cool logos they had.

and the most annoying thing is that big **bleep**ing bar to the right that says friend activity just heads up not everyone will have facebook or like to have that showing on there music player.

oh and dont forget the fact that when u add new music to a playlist it now goes to the top of the music player instead of the bottom for me thats **bleep**ing annoying since i have my playlist set up in a way that segments my music into areas i listnt to if i want to listn to certain music.

all in all this UI i think is not good at all i dislike nearly everypart about it.

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Music Fan

Strongly dislike this update. Nobody knows what album a song is inside. It was easier/better before where you could just scroll down through a list of all the songs grouped per album.

 

Let's say you want to listen to "Queen: I Want It All". How many albums you do you think I have to click through to get to it? You can't even use OSX swipe backwards to go back. 

 

PLEASE add the ability to switch between a grid of albums and a list of all songs in each album like it was before. It's literally just an icon on the top right of the album grid and I wouldn't be too annoyed about having to click Discography first

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Regular
I somehow unfortunately got pushed this new desktop update and I really dislike it. My main frustrations are: (1) No longer column for Artist and instead buried under track name, (2) Local files are not sorted in track order, (3) No longer a setting to change cache location, (4) Unnecessary waste of space showing each tracks album art in a playlist (esp when playing a full album). Please give me an option to go back to the older version!
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