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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

 

 

Compact Layout.png

 

 

  • 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.

 

Sidebar List Options.png

 

 

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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Hey everyone,

 

Thank you for participating in this thread and sharing your feedback about the new Your Library experience on desktop.

 

Before anything else, we want to assure you that we're reviewing your comments and forwarding each individual user's feedback to the relevant team here at Spotify.

 

We'd also like to address some of the most common issues we've noticed being mentioned here:


My playlists are out of order after the update (mentioned by @Sylis_ca@oauo@sergioro, and others)

  • As outlined in Matt's comment here, you should be able to see the original order by selecting Playlists - Custom Order in the filters section of your sidebar. Once this is selected, you can rearrange your playlists in whatever way you like.
  • Please note that you can't reorder Liked Songs, Your Episodes or Local Files - they will always be at the top.
  • You can "pin" items at the top of the list above these items though - this is currently limited to 4 items.

I'm unable to move playlists/folders out of a folder (pointed out by @RectangleSquare@Hencraft@thisisgok, and others)

  • To move playlists and folders, they don't have to be sorted by Custom Order, but it may make it easier to understand where it's being moved to.
  • You can open a folder using the arrow to the right of the folder. This can make it easier to drag something out into a new location.
  • You can also drag a folder/playlist and hover over the sidebar back button/arrow (at top of Library) and this will update the visible structure, allowing you to place it in the desired position.

The Library sidebar has limited width

  • We're happy to announce that after sharing your feedback, this was changed to make it wider.

Once again, thank you for sharing your constructive criticism and helping to make Spotify better!

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That is one step in the right direction. But will there also be a way to activate the library in the main area without using the shortcut Shift+Alt+4? The main issue for most users is the library being stuffed into this small sidebar.

And also: will the cover move back to a place where it makes sense and not the third column on the right?

Can anybody help with installing an older version? I cannot take this 3-column**bleep** anymore (with the most important field in the smallest column), but everytime I install an older version, the stupid new one appears. How can I install an old version without directly updating this version to the ugly new one?

Advantages of the new UI:

- you can click the cover and it appears in big version

 

Disadvantages:

- whole library packed in left column, making it annoying or even impossible to find the things one looks for or to just scroll through the own library to get ideas on what to listen

- ridiculously small cover artwork if I manage to get the library into the main column (by shortcut Alt+Shift+4), artworks do not adjust to size of column (because Spotify apparently does not want user to use the big space for their library)

- instead of having the cover of the currently playing album permanentely left in the bottom corner, it opens a third column on the right. This leads to having the cover artwork 3 times in sight (small cover bottom left + in the main column as currently playing + right column with additional infos no one asked for). This is confusing, ugly and not intuitive. Oh and it closes the "What friends listen"-column of this was open.

- left column useless for people who want their library in main column, so it is now permanentely collapsed in my case, while having to fight with the watered-down main column and weird right column.

 

It hurts to remember, how intuitive and nearly perfect this app once was.

neat. We've now established the UX team can admit when they have made a mistake, and roll out a correction. Any idea when the team is going to fix everything else they ruined? Or do we need to wait 'a few years' for them to catch up?

@kiritoe 

 

A recent desktop app update made these home page tile shortcuts smaller. I noticed they were now smaller as well.

 

Unfortunately, there is no way to change the size of them.

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I found out that by installing the version for Windows 7 or 8 (even though I have 10) it does at least have the version with the album still in the lower left and not third column. The rest is still the same **bleep** though:

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nah, i actually enjoy the newer layout, just bugged by the smaller size of the tiles. also great music taste! i absolutely love gy!be, lysf is one of my fav albums of all time. cheers!

I want the list to be sorted in a specific way

There is a way to install modified version of the official Spotify client that is locked to the specific version with old theme and blocked updates, but I'm afraid you cannot post links like this here.

 

But if you google a specific sentence you'll find a link to github that will have all the instructions how to bring back good ol' Spotify Desktop. It's as simple as running a single-line Powershell script with a few options.

Thanks a lot Glass_hugh. I've followed the "Usual installation (Old theme)" section from the project you mentioned on GitHub and I have now a proper interface I can use.

 

Annoying that we have to go to such an extent as premium users to be able to unbreak the product (and this 7 months after the update!). I hoped they could fix it within a couple months after the update, sad that it wasn't the case.

I don't understand why I can't just look at my library in the middle of my screen so that I'm able to drag and drop playlists between my folders easily. 

I use my desktop to organize my library so that when I'm on the go everything is easy to find on my phone. Why would you bring the limitations of the app onto the desktop? 

Opened spotify this morning and now Alt+Shift+4 does not show my library in the main window it filters the terrible side bar. So now i can officially no longer see my albums and playlists side by side making this app completely unusable to me. time to move my library to a different service. i know you dont care about losing a singular user in the grand scheme of things but this update is atrocious. adios 

Stop trying to make desktops apps work like phones! Narrow lists with tiny images are useful for phones because phones are long and skinny. Desktops have big screens. So much space. I wish I could see my library in all that space and not crammed into the tiny sidebar. It's just extremely annoying.

 

Edit: Let us at least set grid view for one tab (albums) and list view for another (playlists) instead of having to keep the same for everything. That would be an improvement.

I have done the work for them in Photoshop. This is all I want:

 

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That's it. No suggestions, no recommendations, no other stuff pushed at me. Just the ability to search, add to my library and play!

How difficult can it be to give us the option to switch to something like this?

Thank you, glass_hugh. That makes it far more bearable.

Why indeed....

 

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AH!

 

I can't believe they took away this workaround. As long as we had that route to a better library view the degradation was manageable. But now we're stuck?

I didn't realize completely how bad this was until the shortcut to the old library went away (for the obvious reason that I never really bothered messing with it when I didn't have to). I can't understand why the mobile app version of the library was the goal here. I understand that the overall goal is for the desktop app and the mobile app to be more similar, but I would have suggested matching the better of the two options. The mobile library has been awful since they degraded it to look like this (the "dynamic" filters and all the extra clicks in and out of categories). It's really bad. Why make it worse to use spotify?

I do not understand why the choice was made to remove the workaround to use the full library by pressing the ctrl+shift+f4. Instead of adding useful organizing features, like genre tags (which for some reason is absent in a MUSIC platform), or adding HIFI/Atmos/Losless, or fixing the shuffle which you have received complaints about for as long as the platform has existed, or actually paying your artists a fair percentage of the streaming revenue, and do not even get me started on the shitty local file system.

 

Instead of doing all of these actually useful and reasonable features your paying customers have requested for years, your team for some stupid reason, decides to actively alienate them by making the use of spotify completely frustrating. I use spotify for one thing, and that is playing music, that is the reason I have been paying money every month for the last 8 years. But it seems like every change in UI has made this simple purpose more and more complex and difficult for no apparent reason. Why does friends list on the right get completely removed everytime I play a new album or song? Why is the settings buttom removed on the mobile app, and do I first have to press my profile picture, and then go to settings? Why hide the settings buttom, why would that be efficient? Why do I have to clear my cache on android every week to make the app usable? Why is the heart button gone? Why do my downloaded songs randomly get removed? Why do I separetly have to download local songs for destkop and mobile, where as at first, the files would automatically get synced? Why can I still not see who follows my playlists? Why when I press the tag button for downloads, I do not get the playlists with downloaded songs? What is even the point of that tag then?

 

In no way can someone argue that a small cluttered list on the left of my screen, would be clearer and easier to use, than a full sized page. It baffles me, that after months of complaining from your customers, and reasonable requests to simply revert this stupid UI change, you still somehow try stand your ground and even remove the workarounds around this god awful idiotic UI. And at the same time, any actual good idea for a feature, that would make the spotify premium price actually worh it, is completely ignored. It is like you want to force your customers to hate you, and I will not be surprised of this app will eventually completely lose its userbase due to this behaviour. Not every idea is bad, I love the smart shuffle for example, but please listen to the shitton of people who actually use your platform, instead of alienating and frustrating them further.

 

I've complained about the new interface many times since this thread was started. I'll admit that by now, I've gotten used to it and actually enjoy some of the new features. I will say that I am VERY disappointed with how little the team at Spotify was willing to have discussions with it's community.

 

I wish the interface was more customizable for people that prefer things a certain way, but at this point, I've learned to accept it for what it is. I do like that I can click the album art to get a much larger version!

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