Spotify has been working on a new design for its dwelling tab that can create separate feeds in your music and your podcasts. The firm says it’s a part of an effort to provide you with extra and better suggestions, but it surely additionally addresses a standard criticism of the Spotify expertise: with each type of audio smushed collectively within the app, it could possibly generally be arduous to determine.
The new dwelling feed, which is rolling out now for Android customers and is coming to iOS “in the near future,” truly doesn’t look that completely different at first look. But up on the prime of the display are two new buttons: one for Music and one for Podcasts & Shows. Tapping a kind of will take you into separate feeds. Music will present you options primarily based on what you’ve been listening to, whereas Podcasts & Shows will floor the newest episodes of your favourite reveals plus suggestions for brand new ones. They’re not a lot new dwelling screens as new filters in your dwelling display. (I’d reasonably simply have them be separate tabs altogether, however I’ll take what I can get.)
The change appears significantly 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 simply open Spotify and discover a podcast to pay attention to; Spotify principally selected to intermingle podcasts and music, relegating your podcast feed to a playlist referred to as “New Episodes.” The firm appears to be endlessly redesigning its Library page, however the dwelling display has stayed largely the identical in recent times.
Now podcasts are far more entrance and heart, which is a win for listeners but additionally a sign of how necessary podcasts are to Spotify. As the corporate appears desperately for ways to make money from audio, it has invested closely in changing into the most important podcasting participant available on the market. It’s making a big push into video, too, which additionally figures to be the kind of function that wants a devoted area within the app. (And let’s not even get into audiobooks, that are a complete completely different kind of audio product and can be even tougher to combine into Spotify.)
Part of Spotify’s complete plan to dominate audio has been to convey every thing — from music to books to podcasts to stay audio — all right into a single place. That’s a tough UI drawback, and one the corporate hasn’t all the time gotten proper. In this case, it appears like giving issues their very own area is the proper name. And it offers Spotify heaps and a number of new methods to strive to get you listening to Joe Rogan and the remainder of its pods.