Spotify Streamlines 'Your Library' Tab With Greater Emphasis on Podcasts
The company says the redesign is intended to make content easier and quicker to find.
Spotify has introduced a new, streamlined version of its “Your Library” tab in effort to make content easier and quicker to find. The update is available starting Thursday (June 13) for all Premium users.
The reimagined Library was designed to make the Spotify user experience more personalized and seamless for both music and podcasts, the latter of which has recently become an area of intensified focus for the streaming platform. Unlike before, users can now swipe between separate “Music” and “Podcast” tabs, thereby making podcast listening and discovery more prominent on the interface.
The Music and Podcasts tabs are additionally broken down into three distinct sub-tabs. On Music, those tabs are entitled "Playlists," "Artists" and "Albums," while on Podcasts they are "Episodes," "Shows" and "Downloads."
Spotify notes that all of users’ previously-saved music has been retained with the redesign. More information on the updated Library can be found here.
Spotify’s more aggressive push into podcasting kicked off earlier this year with the near-$340 million combined purchase of production house Gimlet Media and the podcast creation and hosting platform Anchor. Earlier this month, the company also reached an exclusive multi-year partnership with Barack and Michelle Obama’s production company Higher Ground to produce podcasts, as well as announced the second year of its Sound Up podcast accelerator program for women of color. And on Wednesday (June 11) it launched the new personalized playlist Your Daily Drive, which combines music with news updates from popular podcasts by news outlets including The Wall Street Journal, NPR and PRI.
The more intuitive, minimalist bent of the Library redesign echoes Spotify’s experimental lean-back listening app Stations, which recently launched on both iOS and Android in the US following a trial run in Australia.