Spotify’s new app design splits up music and podcasts

Spotify has been engaged on a brand new design for its residence tab that can create separate feeds in your music and your podcasts. The corporate says it’s a part of an effort to present you extra and higher suggestions, nevertheless it additionally addresses a standard criticism of the Spotify expertise: with each sort of audio smushed collectively within the app, it might typically be laborious to determine.

The brand new residence feed, which is rolling out now for Android customers and is coming to iOS “within the close to future,” really doesn’t look that totally different at first look. However up on the high of the display screen are two new buttons: one for Music and one for Podcasts & Reveals. Tapping a kind of will take you into separate feeds. Music will present you strategies primarily based on what you’ve been listening to, whereas Podcasts & Reveals will floor the newest episodes of your favourite exhibits plus suggestions for brand new ones. They’re not a lot new residence screens as new filters in your residence display screen. (I’d slightly simply have them be separate tabs altogether, however I’ll take what I can get.)

The change seems to be significantly helpful for podcast listeners, because it turns Spotify into one thing a lot nearer to an precise podcast app. It’s been oddly tough till now to simply open Spotify and discover a podcast to take heed to; Spotify largely selected to intermingle podcasts and music, relegating your podcast feed to a playlist known as “New Episodes.” The corporate appears to be endlessly redesigning its Library web page, however the residence display screen has stayed largely the identical in recent times.

Now podcasts are far more entrance and middle, which is a win for listeners but additionally a sign of how essential podcasts are to Spotify. As the corporate seems to be desperately for methods to earn cash from audio, it has invested closely in changing into the largest podcasting participant available on the market. It’s making an enormous push into video, too, which additionally figures to be the form of characteristic that wants a devoted area within the app. (And let’s not even get into audiobooks, that are a complete totally different form of audio product and will probably be even tougher to combine into Spotify.)

A part of Spotify’s entire plan to dominate audio has been to carry every part — from music to books to podcasts to stay audio — all right into a single place. That’s a tough UI drawback, and one the corporate hasn’t at all times gotten proper. On this case, it seems to be like giving issues their very own area is the appropriate name. And it provides Spotify heaps and many new methods to attempt to get you listening to Joe Rogan and the remainder of its pods.

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