Spotify ‘Paints it Black’ With Improved UI

Yesterday Spotify announced a major overhaul to its user interface — it’s black, slick and all about content. From the Spotify blog:

  • Content is king. Our new design makes accessing your favourite music smoother than ever before. The new dark theme and refined interface lets the content come forward and ‘pop’, just like in a cinema when you dim the lights.
  • It’s Your Music collection. Save albums and browse their beautiful cover art, gather your favourite artists and create playlists for every mood and moment. Found a song or album that you like? Just hit save to add it to your collection. It’s that simple.
  • We know you’ll love it. We’ve listened to all your great feedback to ensure that everything looks and feels just right. You told us you preferred a darker interface – so here it is.

Additional features include profile and cover photos for user pages and artists, image cards that distinguish between artist and song or album, and browser performance updates to deliver more localized and relevant content.

As Engadget explains, the mobile app features a modern tabbed interface and maximizes “screen real estate”:

The redesign touches on almost every element of the experience. The edges are softer, there’s a heavy use of blurring on background images (especially in the mobile app) and there’s a new typeface, Proxima Nova, that’s clean and heavily rounded. Despite the starkness of the UI elements, these touches make the app feel warm and inviting.

The changes are not purely cosmetic either. The company has finally fully implemented search as you type across all platforms, and it’s blazingly fast. This will also be the first time that many users will get to enjoy collections — a feature that has been rolling out painfully slowly. Rather than being forced to save albums as playlists, users will simply be able to add them to their library for quick and easy access.

The redesign has already rolled out for iPhone and desktop users and will soon be available for Android.

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