MUSIC STREAMING SERVICE Spotify has updated its iOS app, sprucing up the user interface and adding a few features to make music playback simpler and more intuitive.
Among the revised elements in Spotify version 0.6.0 is the addition of a Now Playing bar, so you can always see what you're listening to along the bottom of the screen in the app.
The Now Playing bar remains at the bottom of the app at all times so you can keep an eye on track details while looking through playlists. It also means that you can quickly access the Now Playing menu if a song comes on that you're not in the mood to hear.
One thing that makes life easier is that you can switch to the next queued track by swiping along this bar, and the play/pause button is also displayed at the edge so there's no need to drag it up to select the play or skip option. Dragging it up, or tapping it will show more information about the track that's playing, where you can then add it to your starred tracks or a playlist, share it or control the volume by tapping on the track image.
The other newly added feature is an updated Track menu. While browsing through playlists, you can tap a "..." button which is displayed by the right hand side of the track title to load a redesigned context menu. This will let you Star, Queue, Share or add tracks to other playlists without having to listen to them, making it easier to organise your music collection without the need to pause, skip or change tracks.
Nothing new has been added to the general options, but they have been made to appear slightly larger than before, with Search, Radio and Playlist commands appearing much bolder and easier to read.
Spotify says the update includes a few general bug fixes to correct well known errors in earlier versions, such as a "track only available online" issue.
"This would sometimes appear after start-up, or when you'd been offline for a little while," Spotify said in the update at the Apple App store. "Not any more."
Other errors fixed include a lock screen repair so that the app will now always display the correct track when accessing its functions while the iOS device is locked, and a Shuffle problem so that the feature now switches off after you've used Shuffle Play on an album or playlist.
Overall, the Spotify app update for iOS delivers some much needed features that allow users to navigate through the app more swiftly and organise playlists more easily.
We've had no word from Spotify yet as to when it will release these updates for Android devices. µ