Spotify releases update with welcomed interface changes

Today Spotify released an update for its desktop software, which brought a few welcome interface changes to the music streaming client’s interface.

The first change to the popular software was a removal of the “Favorites” list, which sat above the “Activity” updates on the right hand side of the application; the “Activity” column now takes up the entirety of that space. The new change is one of many that begin to make the client look a bit less cluttered.

The playlist section has also undergone a slight change: The header welcomes the addition of more rounded and smoothed out buttons, with quick access to either start a radio station based on the playlist or to share the current playlist with friends. In addition, the title of the playlist has been enlarged to a more suitable header size; the title was previously small and blended in easily with the playlist information.

The largest interface change is seen within the social sections of the application, including artist and user profiles. These sections are welcomed to a much brighter theme and pull away from Spotify’s previous emphasis on dark grey design. The pages are mostly bright white with some minor touches of very light grey. The new design makes the artist profile photo and green interface buttons truly “pop.”

Within the artist’s discography page, top songs are neatly kept at the top with albums listed below. In addition, you can now view artist albums in a list or grid format.

If you visit the profile and follow sections, you will notice an emphasis on following others – the music of others you follow will show up in your “Activity” list on the right hand side of the application.

It is well known that Spotify has not put as much emphasis on its interface design as its main competitor, Rdio. These changes to the Spotify interface are more than well-welcomed, and I personally hope to see more updates down the road. For now, great job on this update, Spotify Team!

What do you think – is Spotify on the right track to improve its interface design?

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Michael Archambault

Michael Archambault was an associate editor at Pocketables. He is a coder, a thinker, and a dreamer who lives on the "Microsoft side of life." His current gadget arsenal includes a Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon with Windows 8, Nokia Lumia 900 with Windows Phone 7.8 OS, and a Microsoft Surface RT.

3 thoughts on “Spotify releases update with welcomed interface changes

  • March 15, 2013 at 9:17 am
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    Those are pretty nice changes but they need to work on the android version. I have the subscription and I love it.
    Just that there android app is well that not that great. I like singing along the song and many times I have to scan using shazam so I can find the lyrics.

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  • March 22, 2013 at 8:15 am
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    Are you serious? The new update is horrible. Did you even do any research before you posted this garbage? If you go to the spotify support forums you will see a 130 page thread that dates back over a month with complaints about the new changes. The white interface is horrible and is too distracting. The removal of seeing what your facebook friends and non facebook friends are playing is a step backwards. Overall the spotify community overwhelmingly hates this update.

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    • March 22, 2013 at 11:09 am
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      Hi John,

      Thanks for the kind words. :)

      This article contains the opinions of myself and other Spotify users I spoke to about the update. I’m sure there are many users like yourself who personally don’t like the change, but in my opinion – it was welcomed.

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