updated 10:27 am EDT, Wed April 2, 2014
App update removes starred tracks from Spotify for new collection system
Spotify has made drastic changes to its user interface, by introducing a new darker theme. The change in appearance of the streaming music service across all platforms is joined by a new feature called "Your Music," something the company previewed in late 2012, allowing users to collect and manage their music without requiring users to create playlists.
The new design's darker color scheme, a dramatic change from the light gray and white used previously, is said by the company blog to make content stand out more, "just like in a cinema when you dim the lights." The signature Spotify green still appears to highlight important elements, such as the Shuffle Play button. A new typeface is also used, named Proxima Nova, with the app versions using background image blurring. Images themselves are also treated differently, with round images used to represent an artist or group, and squarer pictures for tracks or albums.
Replacing "starred" songs, Your Music lets users save and browse albums, tracks, and artists for later listening, with all able to be added to the section quickly. The Browse option has also been made over, providing "even more relevant and localized content," with the extra recommendations likely to have stemmed from its purchase of The Echo Nest.
Spotify is rolling out the updates to the iOS and desktop clients, from today, along with the web interface, with the changes spreading to all platforms soon after.