After months of testing, Spotify is modifying its desktop application. On the program for this update: a whole new look copied to the mobile application, playlists that are easier to build, and more offline.
Teleworkers who work with Spotify in the background may have noticed. This Thursday, March 25, the music streaming giant changed the design of its desktop application on PC and Mac, as well as its web player. This is not an update, the design chosen should determine what Spotify will look like for ” coming years “, explains the brand on its site.
“We are constantly launching new features, optimizing our services for new devices and always looking for ways to expand our offering,” indicates the Swedish company. “And yet, along the way, we felt that our desktop app experience no longer held up, and that it was time to change it. “
As the desktop experience was originally their first way to introduce Spotify to the world, the brand says it has not taken the task lightly. The press release talks about “Month of work” on this new version.
The main objective of this “Improved look and feel”: “Align the desktop experience” on that offered to smartphones. While at it, Spotify sought to create a design ” coherent “, understand by this a design that would be effectively declined between the different versions.
The bulk of the work is therefore based on the look and the interface. The button ” research “ can be found on the left of the screen, in the form of a section, between the reception and your library. This division will not completely lose mobile users, who are already used to it.
The second big change is on your profile. Now Spotify will show your favorite artists and songs for the month. Finally, you can now start a session “Radio linked to a title” or an artist from the menu that appears to the right of the title where your mouse hovers.
Making playlists and listening made easy
Good news for all playlist freaks. Spotify has revised some details of the presentation and navigation in these. First, when you open a new playlist now, a search bar appears directly to find other songs. Convenient.
Another improvement taken directly from the mobile application, it will again be possible to edit queued songs and access recently listened songs. The library also inherits a new drop-down menu that allows it to be sorted according to various criteria: recently listened to, recently added, etc. The drag and drop of titles directly in a playlist has also been revised.
Enhanced download for offline listening
Finally, for premium users, on the desktop application, it was until now possible to download songs once placed in a playlist. Now, albums, podcasts and tracks can be downloaded directly to be listened to offline.