Spotify Desktop App Updated With Redesigned 'Your Library' and 'Now Playing' Views

If you open up Spotify's desktop app on a Mac or PC today, things should look a lot more "mobile." That's because the company has redesigned the "Your Library" and "Now Playing" interfaces to make them more aligned with Spotify's smartphone app.

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"Your Library" is now located in the sidebar to let you access saved music and podcasts. Spotify says its research has shown that the new library helps users save time by providing a better overview, while making it easier to switch between playlists. Users can also now move and pin the playlists in the Library, as well as drop songs into the editable listed playlists.

Elsewhere, the "Now Playing" view takes up the right-hand side of the app, showing the currently playing song or podcast. According to Spotify, "You can even find more information about the song and artist here, as well as information on tour dates and merch — making it easier to connect with your favorite artists and discover more about them. For select podcasts, you can even follow transcripts as you listen."

By default, Friend Activity is now hidden, but easily accessible via a new Friends icon beside the user profile icon in the top-right corner of the window. You can also now hide the library by clicking "Your Library" for a more compact layout.

Previously, the only way to find playlists was through the search bar, where users had to trawl through not only their own content, but results from the entire Spotify catalog. Now, when it’s expanded, the new Library design allows users to toggle through their dedicated music, podcast, and audiobook feeds and search Your Library exclusively.

Spotify says the desktop app revamp began rolling out on Tuesday and will eventually make its way to all users over the next week.

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boak Avatar
13 months ago
Apple Music looks so clunky in comparison
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13 months ago
That pic. What a mess.
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13 months ago
Anyone else get this update like 6 weeks ago?
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13 months ago

Apple Music looks so clunky in comparison
I hate it with a passion. Takes up so much screen space for nothing. I literally use Finder and VLC player now, feel like a boomer.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
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13 months ago

Apple Music looks so clunky in comparison
Both Spotify and AM could improve on their UIs - the one of Spotify is currently “too crowded”, whereas the one of AM has quite a bit of blank space, especially so on an iPad.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
boak Avatar
13 months ago

Still no MiniPlayer or AirPlay.
Just realised I'm gonna miss my custom mini player on my Touch Bar when I upgrade my MacBook next time.
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