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Help us improve Chromecast

Spotify Legend

Hi all,

 

I’m the Product Manager for the Big Screen Experience here at Spotify.

 

As you may have noticed, we have made a change recently in how the Chromecast app looks and performs.

Our main goal with this change was to rebuild the underlying infrastructure and logic to make it more performant and permit us to develop faster on the platform.

 

This also required us to overhaul the whole user interface. As you can see, it doesn’t look much today and our intent is to quickly learn and improve the experience.

 

We've already received a lot of feedback from you - the community. We would like to understand the feedback better which is why we’re opening up this thread to discuss with you directly on what could be improved and understand the why’s.

 

One of the things that we came across was that many people were missing previous and next song which was shown in the old design but isn’t anymore. Please let us know more how this was used and why it’s important for you.

 

Thanks.

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Casual Listener
The last version used the whole screen and looked like it was optimized for the TV. Now it looks like a mirror of the app, but the app is vertical and the TV is not. Also, as you mentioned, the previous and next are missing. I really like to see this, especially in random playlists. It also gives an indication whether you're at the start or end of the playlist.

Kind regards,

Bernard
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Spotify Legend
Thanks for your input.

For you it wasn't about knowing "what's queued up next" but rather understanding what position you are in a playlist?
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Casual Listener

Hi.

 

Thanks for creating this topic. My biggest concern is that the new Chromecast interface, unfortunately, is very slow. I am used of Spotify loading the queue on beforehand, but now it has to load the next song after the current one finishes. This makes the process of loading unfortunately way slower. 

 


@pompa wrote:

One of the things that we came across was that many people were missing previous and next song which was shown in the old design but isn’t anymore. Please let us know more how this was used and why it’s important for you.


I always liked this feature. For example, when there is a Spotify playlist on and there are a group of people in the same room, it is entertaining to guess the next song, based on the album art.

 

Talking about improvements for the Chromecast interface. One feature I really want to see is a party mode, like YouTube for example has. This has been proposed several times before (example). I would love to see this feature on Spotify Chromecast!

 

Thanks in advance!

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Casual Listener
Honestly, it's just as Bernard said - it looks like it has been mirrored from the phone and that's what's bothering me mostly. Now I'm all for minimalistic style but what Spotify is now is just... missing something, and it most likely is the filling of the screen. Sadly I can't personally state exact reasons why I don't like the current style... it's just a feeling, more like and what I said before is the only thing I can think of.
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Casual Listener

What I realised in the new version is that songs now take about 7 seconds to play from the moment I start them on my Android Phone (or when the next song in a playlist starts). The old version managed to play the song instantly when I pressed "play" on my phone. I have noticed that if I leave the song paused at the beginning and then press "play" after a few seconds it seems to work instantly, probably the caching proccess is done by then.

Also, as Bernard said I like the old design much more. Showing the next played song is helpful while playing shuffled playlists and is just a design plus compared to the version rn.

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Casual Listener
Oh and I forgot to mention a few other things that probably were discussed before, but I think they're still worth mentioning. First is Spotify on phone losing track of the cast after a while - while the music on TV keeps playing, the notification doesn't change and shows an old song, until I open Spotify again. Another issue is not being able to start casting from PC. Though I can control the music when it's casting already, I can only start casting from my phone or tablet.
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Music Fan

Previous & next song(s) is indeed what I miss. Not just to see what song is next, but also to see if a song added to the queue is picked up by the Chromecast.

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Casual Listener
Both actually, but it was also the whole experience. It was nice to have it on your TV, now it might as well be hidden. Just a boring player.
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Community Legend
Yeah I miss seeing the previous and next artwork. It gave you a good idea of what was coming up and what played previously. It looks a bit more alive compared to now where the interface just looks drab and depressing.

TV interfaces need to look good visually. Emphasise the album art as much as you can.

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