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Spotify’s desktop streaming service now has a new look, with the release of a redesigned app for both Mac and Windows, as well as an updated web app. The changes, which will be available to all global users, are immensely aimed at ameliorating navigation and giving users access to new controls and features across playlists, search, radio, their queue, library, and other areas.

When compared to the previous version, the update gives the Spotify app a more streamlined, less cluttered look and feel. The new app does away with the strangely placed search bar that was previously found at the top left of the screen. It’s now in the slimmed-down navigation bar on the left side, between the Home and Your Library links.

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The app also no longer includes information about the various destinations within Your Library in this navigation bar, such as Made For You, Recently Played, Albums, Artists, or Podcasts. Instead, you’ll need to navigate to your Library section to see these options.

The Your Library page will now have four categories across the top, beginning with Playlists, where you’ll find Liked Songs, Discover Weekly, Daily Mixes, Release Radar, and more. Playlists are followed by sections for browsing Podcasts, Artists, and Albums.

New dropdown menus in Your Library allow you to further sort these various sections in a variety of ways, including Most Relevant, Recently Played, Recently Added, Alphabetical, and even a Custom Order that you can configure.

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Meanwhile, those who enjoy creating playlists will find many new features in the updated app. They can now add descriptions, upload images, and drag and drop tracks into existing playlists. They can also search for new songs or podcast episodes to add to the playlist using a new embedded search bar at the top of the “Create Playlist” page. This could significantly speed up the somewhat time-consuming process of playlist creation by reducing the steps between finding a track and adding it to a playlist.

A refreshed listener profile page, which now includes both your top artists and top tracks; a new way to start a radio session for any song or artist via the three-dot (“…”) more menu; and the ability to edit your Queue and view your Recently Played items on the Desktop app are among the other changes in the updated apps.

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