The Best New Features in Spotify’s Big Redesign
Well, look who got a makeover.
Spotify revealed a slick, redesigned platform for its mobile and desktop apps Wednesday. Along with the new, darker look comes a list of improved features that Spotify says will help listeners more easily organize and discover music.
The updated design will arrive on the Spotify website, desktop player, and iPhone app for all listeners in the coming days.
Spotify, for newcomers, is a music streaming service that gives you on-demand access to over 20 million songs across multiple devices in exchange for a monthly fee or audio ads.
This is Spotify’s first redesign since it launched in 2008, which is kind of like 50 years in Internet time. According to director of product development Michelle Kadir, Spotify spent several months testing the new look with a select group of its subscribers.
“We sat down with our users and watched them use it,” Kadir told Yahoo Tech. “We asked them to use metaphors to describe it. Someone said, ‘It feels like I’m in a BMW.’ ”
OK, a luxury sports car it is not. But the new version is without a doubt a great improvement on a product that many have come to use for their daily listening needs.
Take our hand as we guide you through Spotify’s newest features.
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Spotify’s new design is much more understated than the aging gray Winamp knockoff we were operating before. It features simplified display screens, curved buttons and icons, oversized Helvetica lettering, and responsive gray shading that pops every time you run your cursor over art. Where there was once scarcely an image or a legible string of text on our desktop players, there’s now bright splashy album artwork and titles.