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Spotify rolls out redesigned TV apps with new features

10 Nov 2023 | Rasmus Larsen |

Spotify's app update is introducing a fresh user interface and new features such as a dark mode to the popular TV platforms and game consoles.

While most users today listen to streaming music on a smartphone, TV apps let you watch music videos and podcasts on the biggest screen with family and friends.

Spotify said that the redesigned TV app is more in line with the mobile and desktop apps.

"Whether you’re entertaining guests or watching your favorite video podcast, Spotify on TV delivers a rich visual and audio experience from the comfort of your room. And today, Spotify on TV is getting a revamp, with new features and improvements that make the experience even better and reflect our Mobile and recently updated Desktop apps," the company announced.

Spotify new TV app

There is now an 'Up Next' queue and a new account switcher. Photo: Spotify

Available on major TV platforms

The TV app is available to use for Spotify subscribers on both the free and premium plan. Competing music streaming services such as Apple Music and Tidal also offer TV apps. Unlike Spotify, they offer music in lossless quality and Dolby Atmos music. Spotify's redesigned TV app is rolling out now to Amazon FireTV, Android TV / Google TV, LG webOS Smart TVs, Roku, Samsung Tizen Smart TVs, PlayStation and Xbox. It is unclear if the update is coming to Apple TV too.

Spotify TV app – new features

  • New Home design: We’ve redesigned the Home page, bringing the big-screen experience in line with our Mobile and Desktop apps. You can now easily find familiar shortcuts to favorites, recently played audio, and personalized recommendations right on top of the Home page.
  • ‘Up next’ listening queue: Previously it was only possible for TV listeners to view the next song lined up. Now, with the newly introduced Now Playing view, you can better manage your listening session by viewing and controlling what plays next through the easily accessible queue.
  • Dark mode: For those occasions where the TV is not meant to be the center of attention, simply turn on Dark mode through Now Playing view. This will dim the screen and tune down the visuals to display a minimal amount of information so you can listen and still keep the mood.
  • Account switching: Since multiple people in your household probably use the TV, account switching is a key feature for TV app users. We’ve made it easier to switch accounts by always showing the active profile in the top-right corner of your screen. Changing profile accounts can be done at any time by selecting your profile image, keeping the experience tailored to your preferences and listening habits.
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