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Spotify is introducing a new "Now Playing View" sidebar in the desktop app and Web Player to go along with the recently released "Your Library" sidebar.
Together, the individually customizable design of these new views provides a richer experience, more context, and quicker access to personal favorites.
The Now Playing View in the right sidebar shows the album art and info of the current song or podcast you are playing and also shows more information about the artist.
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 open and close the Now Playing View sidebar by clicking the button in the bottom right of the desktop app.
The Now Playing View sidebar will open up on the right side of the app by default when you start playback, but you can disable this behavior under Settings ➜ Display ➜ Show the now-playing panel on click of play.
The Friend Activity feed is still accessible via the "friends" button next to your profile picture in the top right corner of the main content area. There is also an option in Settings. You can swap between showing either the Now Playing View or the Friend Activity feed in the right sidebar.
The new Now Playing View sidebar is now rolling out to all desktop users worldwide, so you should be seeing it soon.
This section will answer your frequently asked questions and will be updated with the latest answers.
The Now Playing View sidebar keeps opening at the start of playback, how do I turn this behavior off?
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.
Can I hide certain sections in the Now Playing View sidebar?
Where can I give my feedback about the new Now Playing View sidebar in the desktop app?
This section is to inform you of updates to the new Now Playing View sidebar such as changes and new features.