How to improve SpotifyMy ideas to make the Spotify user experience even better.
I am a heavy Spotify user. I like the app for allowing me to come back to the tunes I love, but also experiment and discover new sounds. Overall, I appreciate its user interface, but I also have some ideas how I personally would make it even better. Please remember that these improvements are designed from my personal perspective and I have not consulted them with other users nor conducted any tests or research. Moreover, I have no knowledge whether Spotify team have looked at similar issues and whether potentially they decided not to follow up on them.
This is what I have designed so far, but I keep working on the new ideas, so stay tuned:
Folders in the Albums Library
I have a problem with the chaos rising in my Albums Library as I keep adding there new albums (which I want to remember for any reason) and therefore, I miss some system to manage and catalogue these albums (click here to skip further explanations and go directly to the design).
They are all there altogether, side-by-side, classical music with hip-hop and heavy metal with new age, albums for sport, dining and sleeping, albums that I always come back to with albums that I listen now, but I know that I will forget them in couple of days and on top, albums of the artists I have never heard about before, but I just want to check them out at some point. All perfectly mixed up in a sequence in which they have been added (ok, I can change the sorting to “Titles” or “Artists”, but that does not really help much, as Chopin will be next to The Cure, Rachmaninoff next to Rammstein and Metallica next to Mozart… not the type of sorting I have in mind). So, every time I want to find an album from my Library, I need to browse through the mess. No, it’s not about simply typing the title in the finder either – sometimes I want to see all of my e.g. “sport” albums and then decide which one I am going to be listening, but I need to see them all first. Or, for the artists that are added “for later” I very often do not remember either the name of the artist or the title of the album – I just need to see the cover, as that is all I can recall.
Folders in the Albums Library prototyped.
Theoretically that could easily be solved if, instead of saving my albums in Albums, I would create separate dedicated playlists and simply save the albums there. Then I would have for example “Sport”, “Sleep”, “Listen later”, “Classical”, "Good Mood", "Bad Mood" or “My treasures” playlists. Sounds perfect, but…
…the playlists are created with combining rather individual tracks than (more or less) complete albums in mind, therefore:
- There is no way to see all the albums from a playlist displayed simply one-by-one. There will be
a list tracks with either an album icon assigned to each track (mobile) or album title listed (desktop).
If one of the albums
happens to be for example a 200 tracks long “Chopin: Classical Music for Reading” then that is a quite a
bit of scrolling.
The playlists consisting of only four albums spans for ten screens and there is no possibility to see just the four album covers next to each other. Imagine a playlist with fifty albums or more...
- It is not possible to remove all the tracks belonging to one album with a single action
(especially on mobile). On desktop I need to select them all first and then delete, but on mobile, I need
to delete them one-by-one (either
”edit playlist” reached by the playlist three dots menu or by opening the individual three dots menus of
the particular tracks for the mobile version). Now, think again about removing the 200 tracks of the
Removing all the tracks belonging to one album from a playlist.
Below is my solution - intergrating the folders to the Albums Library. I have presented it using the mobile version, but the principles of the design are universal for the desktop as well.
How to introduce folders to better manage the Album Library.