Spotify iOS 7

Given its popularity, it sure as well took long enough, but Spotify has finally been updated with support for iOS 7. The update brings a subtle yet certainly noticeable redesign that incorporates flatter textures, and divided search and browse sections.

Spotify’s release notes were a bit ambiguous, stating that the app was “now compatible with iOS 7.” Since compatibility doesn’t necessarily guarantee any sort of redesign, I wasn’t really expecting much.

Thankfully, Spotify’s definition of “compatible” goes beyond the codebase and encompasses the look and feel of the app as well. You’ll quickly notice new visual cues, which provide a more cohesive look alongside iOS 7.

Spotify iOS 7 Playlists

As mentioned above, Spotify’s sidebar has encountered a bit of a redesign. Gone are the combined Search and Browse fields in favor of a segregated pair of fields, which should add to the app’s simplicity and ease of use.

I think Spotify made a good move here, because people who are searching generally want only one thing — search. People who want to browse need more guidance. I think that combining the fields confused a lot of people in the past, so this is a welcomed addition.

Spotify iOS 7 scrubber

You’ll notice that the scrubber knob is a bit bigger in the new Spotify. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to test out the various hit points to ensure that it made for a more functionally sound scrubbing experience, but the bigger size should, at the least, provided the perception of better feedback with your thumbs.

Again, there are all sorts of subtle design changes in the new Spotify. Nothing about it will really pop out as a major improvement, but all of the changes add up for a better experience, and most certainly a better look.

Head over to the App Store right now, and you’ll be able to find Spotify 0.8.0 ringing in at a healthy 38.6 MB. Be sure to let us know what you think about the iOS 7 redesign in the comment section below.

  • David Gitman

    now whatsapp time 😀

    • Cameron Chao

      they are always too slow, the only thing they did right was releasing as one of the first IM app. I would move to another IM app like wechat if my friends did so as well.

    • abdullah575

      BBM time !!! whatsapp is now old !!

      • chumawumba

        Please go back to 2005

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        Thank you. Bbm doesn’t even support wifi only devices which should be a basic thing all IM clients should accomplish.

  • Search & Browse were combined, correct ? Not Search & Discover?

    • Jeff

      Yes, thanks.

  • Gerardo Castro

    To be honest, I am a little dissapointed with the design… I expected a complete redesign similar to Rdio iOS 7. But I guess beggars cant be choosers, i’m glad it doesnt look out of place, amd the black fits in with my 5s. I do find it odd that there is a gap between the album art and the bars

  • Techsticles

    When will we be able to turn off swipes. I find I swipe accidentally more than on purpose.

    Also, the “I” and “hide” buttons do the opposite of what the music app buttons do. Why won’t Spotify swap them? It’s such a pain when you use both apps. “Hide” usually goes back to what you were previously looking at like “back” in the iPhone Music app.

    It’s hard to complain when you have access to so much music but it would make the whole package great

  • Jacob Galea

    Ipad version still sucks.