Spotify look set to be updating the look of the free tier of their streaming service.
Spotify’s free tier appears to be set for a makeover. According to The Verge, the new UI could be rolled out next week. New changes to the UI include the option to play tracks ‘on demand’ in ‘Gold Edition’ playlists. This function is currently a restriction on the free tier service of Spotify, which only allows for shuffled playback.
With a Spotify press conference set for April 24th, the rumour mill had suggested that the streaming giant could be announcing hardware releases. However, it would seem that it is likely we will also see updates to Spotify’s mobile app.
Focusing on the development of the mobile experience for users, it also seems like Spotify are rolling out full-screen art, which has previously been used on playlists such as RapCaviar.
The ‘Search’ page has also undergone a transformation, with new colourful boxes prompting moods and genres. Previews are also now visible under the playlist cover art, with a teaser of thertists featured. Recently, we reported that Spotify is trialling a voice-control interface, however, it does not seem to have made this update.
These updates come quick and fast as Spotify looks set to capitalise on its IPO. Already this month, Spotify has announced that it has acquired the licensing service company Loudr. This news came days after the streaming giant announced their new partnership with TV-on-demand service Hulu.