Spotify’s Discover tab finally makes its way over to Apple devices

By , Jul 2, 2013

Spotify 0.7.1 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 001)Spotify 0.7.1 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 002)

The Swedish streaming music startup Spotify has finally updated its iOS client today with a new Discover tab which made its way into the Android build back in December 2012 and four months later into the web interface.

Basically a music recommendation engine, Discover suggests similar songs based on your listening history and your playlists. Oh, and iPhone users will be happy to learn that Spotify now lets them fully customize their playlists.

This feature was previously inexplicably reserved only for the iPad client. Oh, and they just flattened the app icon so it fits better on your iOS 7 Home screen…

On the iPhone, the new Spotify version 0.7.1 lets you add or remove tracks from your playlists, as well as reorder them. And in your playlist folders, All Tracks will now show you the actual number of tracks.

The “…” context menu button has been moved to the top right of the screen, where you’d normally expect it. In another welcomed design tweak, Spotify has changed the order of search tabs on the iPhone: now it’s Artists, Albums and Tracks.

My favorite feature is a revamped Now Playing, available on both the iPhone and iPad, which no longer yanks you out of your playlist when starting a song. The new Now Playing screen also includes the Up Next queue on the iPhone.

They have a brand new icon, too.

Spotify 0.7.1 for iOS (app icon, small)

According to release notes, the new-look Discover experience on iPhone as well as the Up Next queue are “coming soon to everyone”.

Spotify 0.7.1 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 003)Spotify 0.7.1 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 004)

The universal binary update is free on the App Store. If you’re on Android, head over to Google’s Play store.

Note you’ll need to be a Spotify Premium subscriber in order to use mobile apps.

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  • himynameisBLiNK

    i don’t get it. the Discover feature has been out for a while

  • Gerardo Castro

    Yeah, i’ve been having it as well. I wanna see this “new music player” thats been pitced as rolling out to everyone soon

  • Rockwell mellow

    It’s interesting how developers priotise updates (and releases) for different OS’s. As both an iOS and android user I will often find apps on android taking a month or more to be updated after the iOS version but then in some other cases android gets the updates first. Interesting.

    •  Rich 

      I think that’s because Android isn’t standardized enough. Even their software updates are staggered based on device. For some reason, they can’t have a universal update. And I think that leads to Apple being on top for Apps, because it’s one phone maker, one OS. Android you have a bunch of phone makers, and all on a different OS.

  • JoJo

    Not liking the new icon.. The old one was better.

  • doorsunopened

    It seems like the only thing that’s different is the icon and the ability to edit playlists. I am pretty sure the Discover tab was there before. And am I just going nuts, or am I completely missing how to see the Up Next queue?

    • Rogi

      Same here.

    • himynameisBLiNK

      according to the Details it says “rolling out to everyone soon”

      i wish we had more control over the playlists. tired of having to scroll all the way to the bottom to listen to an album i downloaded few months ago

  • Stickybubs

    I have had this tab on my ios spotify app for several months