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Desktop: New Your Library sidebar

Spotify is introducing a new Your Library sidebar in the desktop app and Web Player.

 

The new Your Library sidebar improves navigation and makes it easier and faster to collect and retrieve all types of content, bringing new features to desktop that you're already familiar with in the mobile app. The new sidebar is also more customizable than before to meet different preferences.

 

You can read more info about the new desktop experience in the Spotify Newsroom post:

 

This thread is your go-to destination for learning what's new, asking questions, getting help for issues you might have, as well as to share your feedback about the new Your Library sidebar for desktop. Also, do you have any tips for other users on how you are using the new Your Library sidebar? We'd love to hear them.

 

What's new in the Your Library sidebar?

 

  • See your entire collection and all of the content types (not just playlists)

  • Filters for your collection (Playlists, Artists, Albums, Podcasts) that can be combined with other filters (By you, By Spotify, Downloaded)

  • Sort options for your collection (Recents, Recently Added, Alphabetical, Creator, Custom Order)

  • Chosen filters and sort options will be remembered in the sidebar across restarts of the desktop app

  • Search through your collection in the sidebar

  • Pinned library items to find your favorites, faster – current limit is 4 (Playlists, Playlist Folders, Artists, Albums, Podcasts)

  • Art covers are now shown in the sidebar

  • Compact library layout (no art covers) is available as an option in Settings to increase content density

  • Dedicated + (plus) button to create Playlists and Playlist Folders

  • Flexible Sizing: A collapsed library view (with only art covers) to maximize the browsing area, a regular width view, and an expanded view for more focused library management and curation. (you can also drag to customize the size)

  • In the expanded library view, you have options for list view, compact view, and a grid view. The list and compact views show you more details in 2 columns, Date Added and Last Played, and the grid view allows you to see larger art covers.

  • Playlist Folders can still be expanded into the sidebar in a tree view, and now when you click on them, the sidebar only shows the Playlist Folder and what's inside for a more focused view.

  • Menu option to move a playlist to a folder (with search)

 

Note: The Your Library sidebar experience will be the same for the most part in the Web Player. However, the Web Player does not support all of the features found in the desktop app. To be able to use all of the features, you can download the desktop app right here.

 

 

Desktop: New Your Library sidebar

 

 

Tips to get started:

 

If you need a familiar experience to help you get started with the new Your Library sidebar, here's how to get it as close as possible to the old sidebar that previously only showed playlists:

 

  • In the left "Your Library" sidebar, click on the "Playlists" filter at the top.

 

  • Then, in the drop down menu select "Custom Order" under "Sort by". You will then see your previous playlist order and be able to move your playlists and folders like before.

 

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  • Your currently chosen filters and sort options will be remembered across restarts of the desktop app.

 

  • If you would like to only see text in the Your Library sidebar (no art covers), go to the drop down menu and at the bottom of the menu click on "Compact" under "View as".

 

Desktop Sidebar Compact View.png

 

 

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  • Flexible Sizing: You can drag the Your Library sidebar to different sizes. Fully expand the sidebar by clicking the arrow button at the top, and fully collapse the sidebar by clicking on the "Your Library" heading to see only art covers.

 

  • At the top, you can scroll through the different filters with your mouse scroll wheel for faster navigation when the sidebar is set to a smaller size. 

 

Walkthrough of the basics:

 

Sidebar List:

 

You can now see your entire collection and all of the content types (not just playlists) in the sidebar list. At the top, click on the filters to filter the content you want to see, and click on the drop down menu to change the sort order or view of the list. To create a new Playlist or Playlist Folder, click on the + (plus) button at the top right corner of the sidebar. To search through your collection, click on the search button.

 

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Filter Options:

 

At the top, click on the filters to filter the content you want to see. You can scroll through the different filters with your mouse scroll wheel for faster navigation when the sidebar is set to a smaller size. 

 

To remove the filter, click on the X or the currently selected filter and then choose another filter to see another type of content. Having no filter selected will show all types of content mixed in the list.

 

  • Playlists
  • Artists
  • Albums
  • Podcasts & Shows
  • These can be combined with other filters: By you, By Spotify, Downloaded

 

Sort Options:

 

At the top, click on the drop down menu to change the sort order of the list under "Sort by".

 

  • Recents
  • Recently Added
  • Alphabetical
  • Creator

When the "Playlists" filter is selected, you have the option to see your playlists in your own custom order.

 

  • Custom Order

 

When the "Podcasts & Shows" filter is selected, you have the following option:

 

  • Recently Updated

 

View Options:

 

At the top, click on the drop down menu to change the view of the list under "View as".

 

  • Compact (view text only without art covers)
  • List
  • Grid (bigger art covers)

 

Flexible Sizing:

 

You can hover over and click on the right edge of the sidebar to drag it to your preferred width. You can also fully expand the sidebar by clicking the arrow button at the top, and fully collapse the sidebar by clicking on the "Your Library" heading to see only art covers.

 

In the expanded library view, you have options for list view, compact view, and a grid view. The list and compact views show you more details in 2 columns, Date Added and Last Played, and the grid view allows you to see larger art covers.

 

 

Expanded Library.png

 

 

FAQ:

This section will answer your frequently asked questions and will be updated with the latest answers.

 

Related help articles on the support website:

 Your Library   • Sort and filter   • Keyboard Shortcuts

 

Can I view the Your Library page in the main browsing area like before?

 

  • Unfortunately, the old Your Library page in the main browsing area is being discontinued with the release of the new Your Library sidebar. You can adjust the size of the Your Library sidebar to be bigger and you can also enable the "grid view" if you would like to see bigger art covers.

 

How do I see only my playlists in the sidebar like I used to be able to, I can't drag and move my playlists or folders anymore?

 

  • In the left "Your Library" sidebar, click on the "Playlists" filter at the top.


    Then, in the sort options drop down menu select "Custom Order". You will then see your previous playlist order and be able to move your playlists and folders like before.


    Your currently chosen filters and sort options will be remembered across restarts of the desktop app.

 

I don't want to see art cover images in the sidebar, how do I turn them off?

 

  • If you would like to only see text in the Your Library sidebar (no art covers), go to the drop down menu and at the bottom of the menu click on "Compact" under "View as".

How do I get the album art to expand in the bottom left corner like before? When I try to expand the album art, it opens the Now Playing View sidebar to the right.

 

  • Unfortunately, that is no longer possible. When you expand the album art in the bottom left corner of the app, it will no longer hover over the Your Library sidebar. Instead, the new right sidebar will open up. You can resize the Now Playing View sidebar to your preferred size.

    You can read more information about this by going here.

 

How do I play or shuffle play a Playlist Folder now? (I don't see dedicated pages with play / shuffle options anymore)

 

  • Right click on a Playlist Folder and select the "Play" option. To shuffle play, make sure to turn on the shuffle mode first before selecting the "Play" option in the right click menu.

 

How do I get to my Local Files now?

 

  • In the left "Your Library" sidebar, click on the "Playlists" filter at the top.


    Then, in the sort drop down select "Custom Order".

    The "Local Files" playlist will be near the top of the list under your pinned items (if any).

 

Feedback:

 

Where can I give my feedback about the new Your Library sidebar in the desktop app?

 

  • We welcome your feedback about this change. The best way to share your feedback is to comment here in this thread.
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It's worse than what we had all while being convoluted and ugly to look at.

 

Why?

I've never commented on the community page. I specifically searched for it, filled out the bits to create a username, just so that I could come here and say how much I hate this update.

 

This is a desktop interface. Why would anyone make the decision to relegate every important part to a three inch tab? At most, the important information can now only take up half of my screen, with the other half going unused. Going from a playlist to viewing my albums used to take one click; now it takes four or five, depending on how deep into a folder I am, with one scroll for good measure. And when I look at my albums, I have to toggle into grid view, and when I go back to a playlist I have to toggle back to list view.

 

The album art of what is playing takes up a quarter of that half of the screen, if it is expanded. And when I say "half of the screen", I'm only talking horizontal, because the "Home" and "Search" titles are stacked on top of each other taking up an inch of vertical space for no good reason. So all up, I'm using a maximum of a third of my screen.

 

I am genuinely at a loss as to whose experience this was intended to improve. Having the ability to split the interface into two tabs, each with the old interface, would have been fantastic. The old interface worked great. But from every objective point of view I can think of - how many clicks it takes to get from one place to another, how much information is shown, how much of the screen real estate is used - there is not one single improvement to this update. It is not just difficult, but infuriating to use.

 

This is the one. Up until now, I've tolerated the changes, but I'm not going to keep paying for an interface that makes organising playlists and listening to music this difficult. Sell it to me however you want, but I'm buying something else if this stays.

This one was a miss, guys. Horrible update, especially when using smaller screens. Most of my interface is a bubbly, blocky mess. I can see three--THREE!--playlists in my sidebar by default. That's it. I find it incredibly FRUSTRATING how the last mobile update was so viscerally despised by the mobile crowd that Spotify is rolling it back, but desktop users had this garbage pushed on us instead. 

 

Edit: Oh god, I hadn't tried right-clicking. What did you do to the context menu? This isn't even USEABLE on my screen. The context menu has been made so bulky it has a scrollbar on my screen. It has never done that.

 

Edit 2: If you value your sanity, don't pin playlists on mobile. It force-pins them on Desktop. Unpin on Desktop? Unpins on mobile. Give me a break... They did not think this through. Period.

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I think the sidebar completely ruins the experience of the desktop app. Why change it if nothing was wrong with it? I'll be looking for a new music service to be using on my PC now.

Yes, I hate when companies try to force interfaces designed for one device onto another. If I wanted to look at my phone and use spotify on there I would go on my phone and not my computer. Not everything needs to look like a mobile app. We all need a break from our phones.

What happened to looking at playlists as a tree view??? the pane-by-pane navigation sucks, it takes too long to flip several levels deep - why do I have to drill down to find my playlists every time now? I don't want to do that, I want to show all my playlists as nested lists, so I can keep common categories open and collapse the rest, and click directly onto playlists when I want them.

 

And why can't we pick different sorting methods for different playlist folders? Why can't I custom sort my top-level folders and playlists, then alphabetize the contents of particular directories?

 

It's so crazy how music collection organization is central to the purpose of using an app to manage my music, and yet any kind of sorting, filtering, or organizing functionality is consistently overlooked or straight up removed from Spotify over time.

It's so frustrating when a service I pay for makes their interface WORSE, and Spotify is such a consistent offender, I'm so tired of it.

THIS **bleep** I WANT MY LIBRARY IN THE MIDDLE OF THE SCREEN NOT IN THE **bleep**ING SIDEBAR ONLY!

Really it is unfortunate the trash UI they force on you can't be skipped. I'd take unsupported vs. actively ensuring you can't avoid making things worse. I've enjoyed having the option to see my artists cleanly, and seeing album tracks instantly vs the garbage you get in the newer version.

I've been paying for Spotify pretty much since you first launched. I was a member when you could only join if you got an invite. I also remember the 0.99 day passes you could get. I've been paying for Spotify without interruption this whole time. This change is the first time I've actually decided to cancel my subscription. I'm really gonna miss it, because Spotify has some features that other streaming services don't have, but the way you've destroyed the ability to browse your own library is insane. I love saving albums and having an album collection and this weird sidebar thing makes looking at my albums almost impossible. Why is everything shoved into a sidebar? I just don't understand it, at all. 

This was a terrible UI move. Should have kept the old design, with the possibility of skinning instead. I use Spotify less now. Might cancel. 

I have never made a post on these forums until today but I had to post just to say that this is probably the worst ever UI update I've seen on an app, period, and thats an achievement especially for Spotify. What on earth is going through your heads? Literally not a single person likes this or asked for it. Everything about it is absolutely hideous and non-user friendly. Get real.

I just want the old UI back.  The new one is atrociously unusable.  At this point I'm genuinely considering switching to a different streaming service.

I'm confused by these developments quite a bit (regarding the sorting options)

 

- Why is it that i can use custom sorting in my "Playlists" tab but not in the other ones? such as Podcasts & shows e.g.

 

- Also in the "Your Episodes" list (which everyone always uses as like a shortlist of several Podcasts you still want to listen to) I can't customly order these?

In the past I was/am using Google Podcast in a similar manner but you really want to freedom to drag episodes up and down in the list if you maybe feel like listening to something else you added later or earlier than whatever is on top of the list at that moment.

 

Does anyone know how this works or how to deal with this?

I have been carefully,  over the 15 years i´ve been using spotify, putting my playlist in a specific order and now it´s all been a waste of time because spotify wants to be more app friendly....this is**bleep** excuses. Please add a way to sort them after my way not how you expect people to want it.

I hate this latest version of Spotify, the screen is too crowded, my albums are all mixed up and the side bar is too small. Please can we have the option for 'classic view' if you won't roll back this disaster.

what do you mean by skinning?

I hate this new update but what exactly do you mean by "destroyed the ability to browse your own library" ?

I can still scroll through my playlists in the sidebar. What am I missing?

I have hundreds of playlists in the sidebar - but when I click on Your playlists > Show all, it is only displaying TEN of them. wth?? This is terrible.

Spotify has an irritating habit of taking away features and making the service worse and more awkward to use.
Sometimes I feel the designers are simply bored and justifying their pay with all these nonsense 'changes'.

Disgustingly ugly. What on earth were they thinking with this?!

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