Spotify listens to user criticism, reversing controversial recent redesign

Spotify listens to user criticism, reversing controversial recent redesign
Even though premium music streaming services nowadays tend to all look pretty much the same and have largely identical sets of features, the company behind the most popular such app in the world is constantly "making changes and improvements", as highlighted in every single version revision on Apple's App Store. But when trying so many different things on a product that's essentially rather simple and straightforward, you risk enraging a significant chunk of your impressive subscriber base.

That was recently the case with an unfortunate Spotify redesign experiment that basically made it harder for users to access the "repeat" functionality for any given track. The feature was removed from the forefront of the "now playing" screen, temporarily finding a new home under the three-dot menu in the upper right-hand corner.

But shortly after users (inelegantly) voiced their discontent on social media, as well as Spotify's own Community webpage, the app was updated again and everything seems to have returned to normal, as reported by The Verge.

The repeat option is easily accessible in a familiar position to the right of the standard playback controls, with the shuffle button on the left. Don't forget that a single tap of the repeat button will apply the feature to the playlist or album you're currently streaming, while repeating the repeat action will help you obsess over a single track by playing it over and over again.

By far the biggest change included in the latest app update, this is actually not the only new thing you'll probably notice the next time you open Spotify on your iPhone or Android handset. Another welcomed tweak is the left alignment of artist and song titles, making room for a highly requested "Heart" button allowing you to easily save any track as a personal favorite rather than restricting this feature to radio stations and curated playlists. If you don't see the changes right away, you may have to wait a few more days for the love to spread worldwide.

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5 Comments

1. Whitedot

Posts: 809; Member since: Sep 26, 2017

So your new UI PA is horrible. Do something about it. On my laptop I don't even want to visit this site. It is a clutter of everything that makes no sense. The only way to navigate comfortably here is on smartphone mobile version.

2. nikhil23

Posts: 441; Member since: Dec 07, 2016

PA should do the same on their desktop UI

3. perry1234

Posts: 645; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

I still have no idea what happened to the follows tab, and receive no notification when somebody replies to me. PA , perhaps a website tutorial should be made if in case these features are present but hidden. I must say the change was not handled elegantly

5. Whitedot

Posts: 809; Member since: Sep 26, 2017

I guess that is convince for them so they don't get bashed for bias journalism.

4. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Never updated past version 8.4.

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