Redesigned Spotify desktop app is now available for Windows 10

Spotify Windows 10 app

Popular third-party Windows 10 apps have seen a flurry of
changes in the last few months, with companies like
Instagram ditching their native desktop apps for Progressive
Web Apps (PWAs). The latest is a Progressive Web App for
Spotify that replaces the existing desktop client.

If you’ve not heard of web apps or PWAs, they are simply
websites offered as native apps, and they can be used just like
a normal app. These web apps run in their own containers and
users don’t have to open a web browser.

First announced in March, Spotify’s redesigned desktop app is
now available for both Windows 10 and macOS. The new look is
rolling out via a server-side update. Just updating the app
from the Microsoft Store won’t force the new design as you’ll
need to wait for a server-side change.

Notably, we found strings for this change in the last Microsoft
Store update for Spotify, which was published on May 2 with
version number 1.158.820.0. If you haven’t received the
redesign, make sure that you’re using the latest version
available in the Store.

Unlike the website, Spotify’s app lets you use the new web
player in its own separate window that does away with your
browser’s address bar. It also hides other unnecessary
controls, such as extensions and menu. Like the old desktop
app, this new web app can be launched from desktop, taskbar or
Start Menu.

The app’s design is now consistent across all desktop
experience and it also adds support for a few new features. For
example, Spotify now comes with new playlist creation tools,
which lets you drag and drop tracks into playlists.

Likewise, there’s a new dropdown menu with new sorting
options. For those with premium subscribers, it’s also possible
to download songs by clicking on the new offline button.

The Spotify app also comes with the same design and features on
macOS.

Unsurprisingly, Spotify’s new design has received mixed
reviews. Some users are unhappy with the design, which looks
exactly like the web app, but the problem isn’t just how it
looks.

Users are complaining about unexpected changes to basic
usability. For example, Spotify has moved the search bar to the
left side of the menu, which means it’s no longer possible to
search for songs when you’re on a different page.

Spotify has even removed the “recently played” section from the
search page.

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