Over recent years, Spotify has directed much of its attention to its mobile apps and certain podcasters. But now, the desktop version has been significantly reinvigorated. The company is hailing this as one of its most substantial revamps, aligning the standalone app and web app with their more prevalent mobile counterparts. After all, Spotify’s roots lie in a browser-based platform long before it ventured onto smartphones.
The primary content zone remains untouched, offering the same options for browsing and recommended music and podcasts. However, a recently-introduced “Your Library” feature now adorns the left-hand side of the app window. Tested a few months ago, it provides instant access to stored music and podcast libraries, streamlining the transition between playlists. Users also have the option to collapse the library for a more compact display.
A newly-added “Now Playing” view appears on the right side of the screen, showcasing the content currently playing, accompanied by the artist’s biographical details. This area also offers the ability to purchase artist merchandise directly and sneak a glimpse at any upcoming tour dates. Some podcasts will also automatically generate a transcript in this field as they play.
The “Friend Activity” feed has been repositioned to accommodate these new features, but it can be returned to its original spot. Simply look for the “friends” icon next to your profile picture in the upper-right corner of the main content area and drag and drop it back. You also have the option to eliminate both the “Friends Activity” and “Now Playing” windows for a more sleek interface.
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All these adjustments are complemented by a vibrant color update, bringing the aesthetic in line with the mobile app versions. The update is being rolled out to all desktop users globally. It’s a monumental day for the music streaming giant as they have also announced that comedian Trevor Noah will host a weekly talk show, amid circulating rumors of an upcoming hi-fi audio tier.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Spotify Desktop App Update
What major changes have been introduced in the Spotify Desktop App’s new update?
The update introduces a refreshed look and improved library features. A new “Now Playing” view has been added to the right side of the screen, offering information about the artist and content currently playing. The left side of the app now features the “Your Library” section, providing instant access to stored music and podcast libraries.
Has the update affected the main content area of the Spotify Desktop App?
No, the primary content area of the Spotify Desktop App remains unchanged. Users still have access to the same browsing options and recommended songs and podcasts as before.
What happened to the “Friend Activity” feed in the new Spotify Desktop App update?
The “Friend Activity” feed has been relocated to make room for new features. However, users can still move it back to its original position by simply dragging and dropping the “friends” icon next to their profile picture.
When will the update for the Spotify Desktop App be rolled out?
The update is rolling out to all desktop users worldwide on the date of the announcement.
Are there any new features in the updated Spotify Desktop App that were previously exclusive to mobile versions?
Yes, the update brings the desktop app’s functionality and aesthetics in line with the smartphone versions. The new look and features, such as the “Now Playing” view, are now available in the desktop app.
Does the Spotify Desktop App update include any new partnerships or offerings?
Yes, in addition to the revamp, Spotify has announced a new partnership with comedian Trevor Noah for a weekly talk show. There are also ongoing rumors about a forthcoming hi-fi audio tier.