About a year ago, Spotify redesigned its home screen to make it easier to find your favorite playlists and podcasts. It’s been a pretty helpful makeover, and Spotify announced today that it is making further tweaks to quickly get back to what you heard. For starters, the top table of playlists and podcasts you’ve recently played will highlight unfinished podcast episodes so you can resume them with a tap. It also shows podcasts you have subscribed to, recently updated with a blue dot to guide you to this new episode.
At the top of the home screen, right next to this recommendation grid, is a new “History” button. As you’d expect, up to three months of your listening history will be shown to you in both music and podcasts. It shows individual tracks and podcast episodes, as well as the album, playlist, or show they came from. Finding what you’ve been listening to on Spotify lately has not been particularly easy in the past. So this should be a welcome feature – especially when you’ve found some songs you liked from a playlist but didn’t think about saving them to your library.
Finally, premium Spotify users get referral cards for artists they follow. According to Spotify, this new section is “personalized, timely and responsive to your liking,” but what exactly that means for these recommendations remains to be seen. In the images shared by Spotify, the card looks like it highlights new music by a specific artist. However, it’s not clear if it only shows music from artists you follow or if things outside of your favorites are recommended.
According to Spotify, this new layout will be available to iOS and Android users next month. So don’t be surprised if it takes a few weeks for it to go live for you. The last major feature Spotify introduced was a new way to filter popular songs by genre and mood. It took me a few weeks to get on my phone. Therefore, you will likely need to be patient for this update as well.