Spotify App Update Brings Personalized Artist Radio Stations and Better Search to Premium Subscribers

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Spotify has announced a major update to its mobile apps for users with a Premium subscription to the service, including an overhauled radio feature and changes to the onscreen navigation controls and search functions.


Paying Spotify users can now search an artist and song to generate a unique radio station that can be saved for offline listening.

Like the service's Discover Weekly and other user-tailored playlists, Spotify says the endlessly playing radio streams are personalized to the user's own musical tastes.

But unlike the old radio stations, the new Artist Radio playlists don't have thumbs up/thumbs down buttons as they rely more heavily on Spotify's personal listening algorithms, and Spotify says they will be regularly updated to keep things fresh.

As for the other changes, the navigation controls at the bottom of the interface now consist of Home, Search, and Your Library. While Home is where recommendations live, the redesigned Search screen opens with Top Genres at the top and Browse All buttons below.


Spotify says users can also expect a better song search experience, with the app now able to generate unique playlists based around searched songs, rather than just returning a list of tracks with the same name.

The mobile app update is a global update rolling out today to all premium subscribers on both iOS and Android devices.

Tag: Spotify

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27 months ago
How about Apple watch support. That should be the #1 priority.
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27 months ago

You think they'd announce this and then not roll it out?

Yeah, who are they, Apple?
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27 months ago

I’ll believe it when I see it. Nothing yet on the US App Store.

You think they'd announce this and then not roll it out?
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27 months ago

Is it an app store update or a server side change?

Both, the update a few days ago included the features which were just enabled
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27 months ago

The update a couple of days ago included these features. Just restarted the app and they appeared on my phone

Confirmed this is the method to get the update. I forced closed the app, launched it back up and the updated features appeared.
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27 months ago
Spotify, you better fix that left icon which sometimes is a “heart” (normal mode) and sometimes a “thumb down” (radio mode). I believe this c*ap is there for years and makes people mistakenly dislike tracks which disappears for good (no freaking way to recover them).
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