Glad to see other people have the same issues as me regarding 0.9.8. Here's a list of things that need to be changed. I think we can all agree on them.
The interface is now TOO dark. This is a darker shade of grey than was previously used before they made the switch to cream/white. The correct shade for the main area of the application is the grey shown in the sidebars.
The text is too big. I can see just 16 songs at the load of a playlist at 1680x1050. There's also less room horizontally.
The spacing between songs is now too much. This is because they've added the horizontal rule. Simply removing the rule and tightening things up would help a lot.
There's a mismatch in the size of the scrollbars on artist pages. The sidebar scrollbar is twice as thick as the scrollbar in the main area. Make them the same.
The search box area is white. Make it at least a shade of grey so it doesn't stand out as much.
Right clicking on the icon in the taskbar no longer works. I can't close the application or skip tracks via the right click menu.
These are the main issues I have.
On the plus side:
Playlist duration has made a comeback. At last.
The change back to a dark interface means it's finally easier to see what track is playing.
I'm used to the dark background now and absolutely prefer it over the white. It is just the font size and spacing that is hard to get used to, even on a large monitor and resolution, this looks terrible. So much wasted space!
Not true, Floris. If they had any kind of UX management, Spotify would modify the font and spacing sizes based on resolution. It's called responsive design and it's easy as hell.
FYI - When you're working on a large piece of software such as Spotify, nothing is easy. When you've a small website with 100s of users that stuff's easy, but when you've millions of users, 10s of languages, 10s of operating system versions, 10s of resolutions, and a huge database of different data, everything becomes incredibly more complex. Small changes can require days of testing.
Not saying they shouldn't do it, or excusing it, but having worked on both side of the spectrum, i've been on big software projects, where limited time & budget meant that there were "obvious" things that weren't as perfect as we would have preferred, that went out the door.
Before that experience, I would've held the same oopinion as you.