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Spotify brings a clean new look to the desktop

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Spotify has started pushing out an update for its desktop client with a new aesthetic. We've tested out the refreshed app, and the starkest difference from the current version is a new darker theme; it's very dark, almost black in places, and the deep grays are accompanied by larger text across the UI, rounded graphics, and filtered artwork. The result of all the changes is a cleaner look for the app, but one that generally shows you less information.

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Artist pages, for example, work in much the same way as they did before. By default they'll show you less tracks on a single page, a dark filter has been applied to the 'cover' image, and each artist now has a circular avatar, but all the same information will be available to users — there's no massive interface change, just a fresh coat of paint. The changes give more of a Google+ feel, perhaps reinforcing Spotify's desire to be a 'social network' for music.

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Similar tweaks have been made throughout the app, with larger fonts and more empty space added everywhere. The Discover tab has been reconfigured to display a grid of suggestions, rather than an organic mash of different-sized boxes; track sharing options have been replaced with attractive graphics; and the playback controls also have a new look. The changes make the app perhaps less intuitive than before — a square box saying 'share' is clearer than the three abstract dots that replace it — and the new look will likely take some getting used to.

Spotify has yet to detail the update — labeled as version 0.9.8 — in full, but we're hearing from a few readers that the new version is making its way to users. There's a possibility this could be a limited test before a full release, and we reached out to Spotify before writing this article to ascertain the scale of the rollout, with no reply as of yet. If this is to be a full update, the changes will be rolled out slowly to users, and there's no way — short of searching for an installer online — to manually force your app to update.

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So far we've only seen the update arrive for the Mac version of the app, but we'd imagine that Windows users will see a refreshed interface soon, as the two are generally updated at the same time.

Update: As noted by Verge user Armand G, an updated Windows version of the Spotify app also appears to be on its way.

Thanks, Artem!

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