Spotify A/B testing new playbar?

3 years ago from , Design at Riot

I have a new layout this morning. Seems to only affect the play bar area and the side bar.


  • Matt CastilloMatt Castillo, 3 years ago

    The sidebar looks updated, too. Yours is a lot darker, and doesn't have any icons for each category.

    Mine looks like this:

    Mine looks like this:

    3 points
  • Rik RoukensRik Roukens, 3 years ago

    I've got it as well, looks nice and clean.. Yet to actually properly use it.

    1 point
  • Andrius PetraviciusAndrius Petravicius, 3 years ago (edited 3 years ago )

    I have the new UI and really digging it. Much cleaner and feels like it takes off some cognitive load from the user.

    1 point
  • Joshua Newton, 3 years ago

    Want. Love the clarity here.

    1 point
  • Hüseyin YilmazHüseyin Yilmaz, 3 years ago


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  • Sebastian Speier, 3 years ago

    Bon Iver, huh? Casey, Casey, Casey…

    0 points
  • Jason M, 3 years ago

    They better not take away my full screen song progress track bar. Why would they not use the available real estate?

    Precise control over song location is a big reason I feel Spotify is a better experience than iTunes.

    0 points
  • Daniel GoldenDaniel Golden, 3 years ago

    I'm not seeing that yet. Maybe it is an A/B test.

    0 points
  • Josiah DJosiah D, 3 years ago

    I hope it's only an A/B test, I assumed it was a new update we were simply stuck with. It's really been messing with me so far.

    I wonder if part of the goal was to get a bunch of actionable areas directly under the advertising banner for free users?

    0 points
    • Casey BrittCasey Britt, 3 years ago

      I don't mind the new layout. Playbar reminds me more of Rdio :D

      4 points
      • Mike BrandMike Brand, 3 years ago

        I miss Rdio SO MUCH

        8 points
        • Nate vNate v, 3 years ago

          Me too.... hug?

          4 points
          • Aprile ElcichAprile Elcich, 3 years ago (edited 3 years ago )

            I was inspired by the death of Rdio (r.i.p.) to design and build a new music player -> https://voltra.co

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            • Patrick NeufmillePatrick Neufmille, 3 years ago

              So, what's the deal with Voltra? Care to talk about it a bit?

              0 points
              • Aprile ElcichAprile Elcich, 3 years ago

                Gladly :) We're creating a free, simple music player that works on any platform, and plays your digital music files on desktop and mobile — locally and with cloud sync. Think iTunes, but actually focused on music — music software with a built-in music shop.

                We're currently working with record labels and artists to list their music in our store — we don't take a cut of artists' profits, they keep 100%. We want a convenient way to support our favorite artists, in the place we listen to music daily.

                We are also looking at new ways to handle streaming, in ways that benefit all involved.

                It's in beta right now!

                2 points
      • Josiah DJosiah D, 3 years ago

        I keep finding myself automatically going to where the old UI was and clicking on empty space :(

        1 point