Black is the New Black; Spotify gets a facelift

Posted on May 7, 2014

I’m sure anyone who uses Spotify has noticed its makeover and little Spring clean. Spotify have introduced a new darker theme and refreshed imagery. They have also made a few slight changes to make it more user-friendly across all platforms. Now making playlists and discovering new music has never been easier whether you’re at your desk or on the go.

Spotify has made the most dramatic cosmetic overhaul since it came on the scene in 2008. The new dark theme is very slick and dark. They haven’t fully pulled away from the light with green highlights remaining and the new rounded icons are a lighter shade of gray, the overall effect is one where the content is king, coming forward and popping out.The redesign touches on each element updating and improving the whole experience visually. The edges are softer and there’s a heavy use of blurring on background images which is particularly evident in the mobile app. Artist and user pages now feature a round profile image against a large cover photo and content is now presented as image-heavy cards when browsing. In general you’ll notice a lot more imagery and in contrast to the dark background it really stands out and looks pretty great.

The Browse feature has also been updated and improved, now delivering even more relevant and localised content. This change includes a new “Genres & Moods” section containing categories like mood, workout, romance and holidays among others to suit everyone and every situation. Mood is my new favourite section to explore; this includes everything and anything like The PMS Playlist, Pay Day and Unleash the Fury. Regardless of whether you’re looking for music for your disco nap or the perfect playlist to get you in the date night mood, finding the right music for every moment is easier than ever. The mobile app has been given a facelift too with a neater tabbed interface giving the content more space and making it much easier to use. The changes to the mobile app are much more apparent, if you haven’t updated yet go do it now. You won’t regret it!

The Spotify changes are not limited to the cosmetic either. Search has been implemented as you type across all platforms, again making things more accessible and easier for the consumer. You can now save albums, browse cover art, gather your favourite artists and create playlists all saved in ‘Your Music’ which replaces ‘Collections’. If you find a song or album that you like you can just hit save to add it to your library removing the restrictions that were previously in place. This is probably the biggest change outside of the new design, being able to build your music list regardless of platform. As someone who accesses Spotify via my mobile 90% of the time, I am delighted with the extra access and have taken full advantage!

Overall, Spotify feels less cluttered and easier to use than ever before. Since these changes have been implemented I’ve found myself using it more often and building a much larger catalogue of personalised playlists to bombard my friends with. Don’t just take my word for it, check it out yourself here

Carole O’Dwyer, bubblegum pop fanatic

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