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Say goodbye to the clunky Spotify desktop app for Windows 10

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What you need to know

  • Spotify has a new experience on the desktop and the web.
  • The update brings offline music support for the desktop version and a streamlined interface.
  • It's now easier to create playlists within Spotify as well.

Spotify has had a desktop app on Windows 10 for quite some time, but it isn't exactly modern. Its dated design and interface have been called clunky. While it's been functional for years, it's due for a refresh. Luckily for Spotify users on PCs, that refresh is finally here.

Spotify announced today that it's rolling out a redesigned experience for desktop and the web. The update brings a cleaner interface to the desktop and aligns the web and desktop experiences.

The company describes the move in a post:

With this redesign, we're combining the technical opportunity of a modern and scalable web player together with a cohesive Spotify design and the features that you've all come to expect across the desktop app. Ultimately, we're making this change because we believe in the future of both platforms, and we want to make sure it can continue to serve the needs of our users now and in the future.

The update isn't just about looks. The new desktop version of Spotify supports downloading music and other content for offline playback. The current desktop version only supports downloading playlists, not individual songs.

The new experience for desktop and the web is rolling out over the coming weeks. You'll be able to get the updated Spotify desktop app through the Microsoft Store or the Epic Game Store. The same experience will also arrive on macOS. You can also use the new experience at open.spotify.com.

Sean Endicott
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17 Comments
  • What is the new app based on (React Native, Electron, Win32, etc.)? Also is it faster and lighter than the old one?
  • Not any of those. It seems to be an amped PWA "we’re combining the technical opportunity of a modern and scalable web player together with a cohesive Spotify design and the features that you’ve all come to expect across the desktop app."
  • The ability to download music and play it offline is not a new feature. But a refresh is nice :-)
  • It's new for the web player version. It sounds like they are replacing the current Electron-based app with the PWA version of the Spotify site. PWAs can do offline support, but it required some newer versions of the framework to ensure encryption of copyrighted material.
  • The current version only allows for downloads of playlists. Not albums and individual songs.
  • I use the web version as PWA. Its lovely. No need for the app for me. Edit: Just reading it is the PWA version in the Store. Sweet! Thanks Dan.
  • How do I even know I'm on the latest version of the desktop app? I'm on version 1.1.54.592.gc0b20638.
  • According to Spotify, it's coming in the following weeks, so I don't think it's live right now in the Store.
  • Now, if they would just update the app on my Samsung Q70T QLED 4K UHD HDR Smart TV with a revised interface and more features,, that would just be great.
  • Does it break the beautiful live tile.
  • Now that that is sorted, can we talk about cloud storage integration?
  • "clunky Spotify desktop app" that's web based and not native
  • Just updated. Seems faster.
  • What??? an update to an app in the Store??!! Microsoft might want to look into this wizardry!
  • What? How high are you? And what does that even mean?
  • It's about time these ppl take advantage of the system, good job Spotify...let's see if other services follow suit
  • So they moved from native app to progressive web app? Not such a great choice.