After recently tweaking its design to better showcast podcasts, Spotify today announced it’s giving its entire mobile experience a refreshed look-and-feel. Starting initially with the iOS app, both Spotify Free and Premium users will notice the app has a more consistent, streamlined look, new in-app icons, changes to how cover art displays, and more.
The new app has a simpler, universal Shuffle Play button which now saves you a click by letting you tap once to start shuffling songs and playing them.
Spotify has launched a new version of its mobile app for iOS. The new Spotify app is, according to Spotify, bigger, bolder, and better than ever. The changes are designed to make Spotify easier to use, with various UI changes to explore.
Spotify’s mobile app has always been pretty solid. It’s easy to navigate, and finding what you need to find amongst the masses of content is simple enough. However, there is always room for improvement, and Spotify has decided to tweak its user interface.
What’s New in the Spotify Mobile App?
Spotify details the changes on For the Record. The company claims the new mobile app offers “a more streamlined, easy-to-use interface with fresh designs to actionable icons that will make playing your favorite song or playlist as simple as the tap of a button.”
The new mobile app features simplified icons. There’s now a universal Shuffle Play button that saves you a click. Furthermore, the Like, Play, and Download buttons (only for Premium users) are now grouped in a row in the center of the screen.
You can also see the cover art for all tracks everywhere except for in album view. This is designed to help you spot familiar songs without having to read the track listings. Lastly, a Heart icon will be displayed alongside all songs you have previously Liked.
Spotify is rolling out its new mobile app on iOS first, with Android to follow soon. If you want to access the new version, manually update your Spotify app on iOS. Then take the time to get to know the new version of the app and its user-friendly changes.
Though the individual tweaks on their own are subtle, the overall goal is to make Spotify’s app easier to use. This is an area that Spotify has struggled with, to be fair. The app tends to be praised more so for its clever personalization technology and wide range of curated playlists — not its design. Some users switching over from Apple Music, which has a cleaner and brighter feel, find Spotify lacking.
Today’s changes may not address those problems. Spotify still loves its dark theme and its app is still busier than it needs to be — mainly because it’s had to cram podcasts into the same app as music, while Apple breaks them out separately. But the update makes the app a bit easier to use and navigate, which is particularly important when it expands to global markets where a simplified experience could be key to its adoption among first-time mobile users.
The changes are arriving starting today on iOS, but you may not see them until the rollout completes.
Spotify says the new look will be “coming soon” to Android users.