Spotify for iOS Gets a Swipeable Menu and a New ‘Now Playing’ BarBy: Josh Wolford - February 27, 2013
Spotify for iOS has just received a makeover, and it brings a new interface that makes navigation, playback, and more a whole lot easier.
The first big thing that you’ll notice is that you can now navigate around the app through a new sidebar. At any time while using the app, simply swipe left-to-right to bring up the menu. From there, you can jump off to the search feature, radio, playlists, friend list, what’s new, and settings.
There’s also a new track menu that can be accessed by a “…” button to the right of every track. That new menu allows users to quickly add the track to a playlist, star it, add it to their queue, share it, begin radio, and more.
But for me, the most important update is version 0.6.0 is the new “Now Playing” bar that adorns the bottom of the app. Instead of having to access the now playing screen manually, you’ll now always know what’s playing by checking the bottom of the screen.
The new Now Playing bar also allows you to pause and play the track, as well as skip to the next or backtrack to the previous song simply by swiping left or right inside the bar.
The update also fixed a few nagging issues including the shuffle function and wrong tracks displaying on the lock screen.