The update to the 'Your music' section is a massive win! I can finally save Albums instead of creating playlists
I know right? They've thought a lot about this stuff since Beats launched their app and took an interesting stab at it.
It's something they needed a long time ago, I gave Rdio a try (even with the smaller music catalogue) because of it. I will no longer have to see this in the side bar...http://cl.ly/image/3H2w263y2t0u
Did I see The Verve in there?
I got the new look but "Your Music" isn´t available for me :(
It's not available for me either
Me too. I was super pumped about this. Maybe they'll wait till the desktop is available too?
So true. Having a hundred un-sorted un-sortable playlists is ridiculously painful.
Finally having a proper album collection is the best thing about this.
Would love to get my hands on this. Any hacks to force an update? :)
Obligatory: Rdio has had the ability to add albums for years, and is constantly iterating. It's beautiful all over. However this design looks very good, only comes a few years too late.
Unfortunately, Rdio has, in my experience, lower quality music, playback issues, a smaller library and buggier apps, or I would have permanently moved to them
They also no longer use the music finding algorithms that Spotify does: http://blog.echonest.com/post/78749300941/the-echo-nest-joins-spotify
I have been waiting for Album collection in Spotify ever since they announced it as "coming soon" in December 2012. That's right, that's no typo: Two-thousand-twelve! Glad it's finally coming.
Can anyone just upload the new Spotify.app in a zip somewhere? Shouldn't be against the rules, right? If so, consider this post deleted.
Dark UI is great for contrast of media like images and video. Spotify is largely lists of music, text. A dark UI get tiring over time when doing the work you do in Spotify, I don't think the album cover or the band photos is a good enough reason to go all dark.
I mostly agree. I'm a huge proponent of light day / dark night modes for mobile and desktop UIs.
However, black (dark grey) is their secondary brand color so I don't think it's too great a sin.
Side note: I think the white search bar contrasts too much. They should've used a shade of grey I think.
I don't think brand colors should set the general direction for the color shade of the product interface.
That's debatable. It depends on what you're doing. Most brands don't brand in black / white anyway, and of course you don't see Twitter painting their whole app blue. However, I think this is much less cut-and-dry when thinking about secondary brand colors and black / white.
In most cases where reading is really important, I agree about optimizing readability by managing contrast (day mode / night mode).
However in Spotify's case, it's clear that they're moving towards a visual experience and away from text. Evidence: giant album art, hero images, etc. Therefore there is some sense to what they're saying about wanting to be dark to enhance the photography / album art.
Black is definitely a better "gallery" color, as you said before.
I wouldn't say they've moved away from text – and how could they? Albums and tracks have names, in lists. The photo's get enhanced with the dark background – but the main thing you do in these apps are navigating lists.
I agree but I don't think they're catering to usability as much as they're going for a "wow factor" with the visuals.
To be clear, hehe, I'm not defending it as great design, just speculating on justification (and I do, at least marginally, prefer it to the old one).
I think so too – that was my main argument. All in all it's a step up, but I wish the visual 'boring parts' of the app wasn't pimped up for a wow factor.
Yeah the contrast between the background and the text colors might be a bit too much for some people, it's quite harsh.
2/10. needs more circles.
Web player already has the new look for me - https://play.spotify.com/
Too bad it still doesn't have a play queue :(
My enthusiasm over the redesign waned once I updated the iOS app and realized that it's only a veneer. The lack of persistent access to the main menu is still a major pain point.
Really stoked to play with this! About time.
You could install it :) http://www.javiersantos.me/post/71959098951/download-for-win-os-x-spotify-0-9-8-instructions
That site doesn't look trustworthy. I'll just keep using the web version till it gets pushed out.
That's the beta version, not the new version
After spending a solid year designing the overhauled rdio iOS app and trying to find new and inventive ways to make music apps new and exciting, it was very sad to come to the realization that other companies can just copy it (albeit, quite poorly).
Yeah your effort definitely showed. I switched to Rdio for a long time solely because of the design quality, so kudos.
I've since switched back to Spotify for a myriad of other reasons but that's not to say Rdio still isn't a higher quality designed product.
Rdio's execution though, left me wanting. The Post-Wilson Miner desktop experience just didn't feel snappy as a framed web client.
At any rate, I feel you. They still haven't been nearly as thoughtful about the UI itself. The new iOS version is largely just a reskin.