Spotify has been working on a new design for its dwelling tab that may create separate feeds on your music and your podcasts. The corporate says it’s a part of an effort to offer you extra and higher suggestions, nevertheless it additionally addresses a standard criticism of the Spotify expertise: with each type of audio smushed collectively within the app, it could actually typically be exhausting to determine.
The brand new dwelling feed, which is rolling out now for Android customers and is coming to iOS “within the close to future,” really doesn’t look that completely different at first look. However up on the prime 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 recommendations based mostly on what you’ve been listening to, whereas Podcasts & Reveals will floor the most recent episodes of your favourite exhibits plus suggestions for brand spanking new ones. They’re not a lot new dwelling screens as new filters on your dwelling 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 notably 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 only open Spotify and discover a podcast to take heed to; Spotify principally selected to intermingle podcasts and music, relegating your podcast feed to a playlist referred to as “New Episodes.” The corporate appears to be endlessly redesigning its Library page, however the dwelling display screen has stayed largely the identical in recent times.
Now podcasts are rather more entrance and heart, which is a win for listeners but additionally a sign of how vital podcasts are to Spotify. As the corporate seems to be desperately for ways to make money from audio, it has invested closely in changing into the most important podcasting participant in the marketplace. It’s making a big push into video, too, which additionally figures to be the kind of characteristic that wants a devoted area within the app. (And let’s not even get into audiobooks, that are an entire completely different kind of audio product and shall be even more durable 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 reside audio — all right into a single place. That’s a tough UI downside, and one the corporate hasn’t all the time gotten proper. On this case, it seems to be like giving issues their very own area is the proper name. And it offers Spotify heaps and many new methods to attempt to get you listening to Joe Rogan and the remainder of its pods.