Spotify iPhone app revamp lands: here's what's actually changed

Spotify new app
(Image credit: Spotify)

Spotify has decided to give its iOS app a bit of a redesign, which the music streaming service giant says will overall make it easier to use its most popular features on the move.

Rolling out for both Free and Premium subscription members, Spotify says it’s cleaned up the UI, introducing elements like a big universal Shuffle Play button to shuffle tracks in an album.

The first change, which may confuse folk, is to the 'Shuffle Play' button - it's now a big play button with the shuffle icon alongside:

Press this, get shuffled

Press this, get shuffled (Image credit: Spotify)

The new Spotify app is also putting the icons that let you ‘play’, ‘download’ and ‘like’ music in the centre of your screen - although only for premium users. The music-playing service hopes by moving them more centrally, it will help when you’ve only got one hand free to find that next album full of gold.

The new play buttons

The new play buttons (Image credit: Spotify)

Speaking of podcasts, the Spotify app is now also using the same icon for downloading content for offline playback, which of course remains a feature for Premium users only.

Other changes include the ability to view cover art, though that’s not available in ‘Album’ view. It’ll now highlight songs you’ve already liked, showing the heart icon next to the previously liked track.

The updated app has started rolling out worldwide, so you’ll need to check the App Store to see if it’s landed for you - although if you've got automatic app updates on, you're probably seeing it already (or will do soon).

Android users - hold tight

For Spotify users on Android phones casting an envious eye over these new features, they’ll be heading your way too. Spotify said the updated features will be ready “soon”.

The iOS app refresh comes hot on the heels of the revamp Spotify made to its podcasts section. 

It decided to make changes to the podcast discovery, adding descriptive show categories as well as moving trailer snippets to the top of the episode lists.

Quite frankly, anything that Spotify can do to make it easier to just get to listening is something we are all for.

Michael Sawh

Michael is a freelance journalist who has covered consumer technology for over a decade and specializes in wearable and fitness tech. Previously editor of Wareable, he also co-ran the features and reviews sections of T3, and has a long list of bylines in the world of consumer tech sites.

With a focus on fitness trackers, headphones, running wearables, phones, and tablet, he has written for numerous publications including Wired UK, GQ, Men's Fitness, BBC Science Focus, Metro and Stuff, and has appeared on the BBC Travel Show. Michael is a keen swimmer, a runner with a number of marathons under his belt, and is also the co-founder of YouTube channel The Run Testers.