Spotify is working on a number of dramatic changes to its mobile app.
The music streaming service has announced an exclusive media event will be held on April 24th where it purportedly plans to unveil the new changes.
Ahead of the launch event, some Spotify users have noticed the new app design roll-out to their mobile application.
Spotify has dramatically refreshed the user interface of its smartphone application, which is available on iOS and Android.
Users have shared images of the new design, and while it’s impossible to confirm this is the final redesign that will purportedly roll-out to all users later this month, it seems highly likely given the timing.
The biggest changes appear to be focused on free Spotify subscribers.
Spotify remains one of the few music streaming services that offers a completely free, ad-supported subscription plan.
The Stockholm-based company places a number of restrictions on these accounts to try to tempt users to pay for Spotify Premium, which starts from £9.99 a month.
The latest redesign appears to introduce new options for free users, most notably, the ability to play certain playlists on demand.
Previously, on the free tier, playlists could only be played in shuffle mode.
That will still be the case for some playlists, however, these will now be highlighted to users with a designated blue shuffle icon.
According to The Verge, which has a slew of exclusive images of the new design, Spotify also appears to have redesigned the cover art, so that it now displays more prominently in the Now Playing interface.
The whole mobile app has seen a fresh lick of paint.
Playlists now contain a list of artists contained inside, just beneath the cover art.
Spotify has dropped the Browse button from the navigation bar at the bottom of the app, with this feature now folded into the Search tab.
The designated Radio button has been dropped, and has disappeared from the music streaming client – suggesting the feature has been dropped, or is now exclusive to Spotify Premium subscribers.
Speaking of, the new free app now includes a Premium button to the right, prompting users to upgrade.
Voice control – a new feature Spotify started to test earlier this year – is seemingly not a part of this redesign.
Unless you’re lucky enough to be chosen for the beta test, you’re unlikely to see the new-look Spotify app until the company’s media event on April 24th.
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