As Spotify, the leading online music streaming service, expands into more global markets, it is also actively working on improving its user experience. The music streaming platform has reportedly announced that it is introducing a much-needed redesign for its web as well as desktop player so that they can match the feel of its oft-updated smartphone app.
The aesthetical changes, which include filters to help sort the users’ library, decluttered sidebar, and cleaner home page layout, are much welcome. However, the real feature for heavy users is a brand-new playlist tool as well as a download button that lets the user save podcasts and music to play offline, although this feature is specifically reserved for paid members.
When creating a new playlist, user would now be able to use an integrated search bar to search for podcasts and music. The novel controls make it quite easy to build a playlist on the web player or desktop, offering more ways to enjoy the music streaming experience. This will also appeal to users who would like to share their playlists with the general public or friends.
More importantly, the new design upgrade also includes a home page that more closely aligns with the overall design of the mobile app, with a mix of recommended playlists from Spotify and frequent rotations.
The new homepage also includes a more simplified sidebar with a search tool, an enhanced library, and novel filters to help subscribers sort podcasts and music and refreshed profile pages to add top tracks as well as artists. Additional changes include the ability to edit queue as well as to view most recently played music-related content from the desktop app.
With a greater number of people listening to music at home than on commutes, Spotify was forced to pay more attention to its web and desktop players. Whatever might be the reason for the change, Spotify seems to have a newly discovered recognition of the importance of its non-mobile apps.
Spotify added that it wants to make sure that the firm would be able continue with its efforts to serve the needs of the existing and upcoming users.