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[Desktop] Bring back the popularity bars

Bring back the little bars that signified how popular each song was on an album!

Updated on 2021-06-15

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I think it's better now. The bars weren't always accurate. I think it all comes to the user preference


While I agree it wasn't always accurate, it was nice to have. I think the current UI leaves swathes of space unused, rather have the indicator and the count both. And for goodness' sake, the number should be in a monospace font - see how misleading it looks currently. A track with 8 million plays looks quite less popular than a 2 million one.




I fully agree. I loved these bars when discovering new artists or albums and quickly getting a glance a the most popular songs when scrolling through the albums. Now you need to actually read and compare numbers which is much less useful. + You can't even sort on the new 'Plays' column to get the most popular ones on top.

Status changed to: New Suggestion

Updated on 2021-04-21

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Yes!!! Please bring back the popularity bars! It's nice to see which songs are getting the most plays on the album to help discover songs. And being back the old layout. It was better having the entire discography to scroll through at once instead of back and forth. 


I think it's better now. The bars weren't always accurate. I think it all comes to the user preference. 
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This is the most annoying change of the new UI for me, please consider to re-order the columns under album view. The new PLAYS information is very distracting and as mentioned by above posts to read the numbers is much more effort compares to a visualized bar to get the impression/popularity information.


I don't understand how the total Played numbers matters to a music lover. This is completely a socialized function in my opinion. One step back, if it has to be a number for whatever reason, please move it to the far right side!VERY distracting Plays numbers in the middle of the screenVERY distracting Plays numbers in the middle of the screen


I think it's much more helpful to see the numbers rather than lines that weren't always visually accurate.


While I like the new Plays bar, I think it should be a toggleable option to use the popularity bars for those that want it.


I agree. The popularity bars can be very important for discovering great songs. They are not perfect and I often browse songs that have zero bars...but most of those have zero for a reason, but certainly not all. I'm sure music artists do not like them...since it makes it difficult for anyone to break through, unless they already have a strong following. I spend a lot of time looking for perfect songs to associate with my photography ( and without the popularity bars I will have to spend more time than I have to search for the perfect song. It would be ideal if the popularity bar was an "option" for each user. As a software engineer, I understand the arguments on the Spotify developer site for bringing all of the products into more of a shared feature set...but please let power users have access to popularity bars again! Thanks.