Spotify literally rocks my world.
It is an amazing music machine that left the competition in the dust. But I have some UX grievances with it. Most notably, I never get notified of anything any more, and I don't see who's following my playlists.
Social media fail!
Music, to me, is the thing I want to share the most! Spotify would easily be my number one social app, if only it had more/better social functionality.
So, last night, I had some fun re-imagining the desktop app. I changed the color scheme a bit, made some new icons, used a different font, but most importantly, I added the features I wish it had.
In my version, you can:
- See who's following your playlists (Duh!)
- Like playlists and see who liked them
- Have quicker access to the share function and see who shared your playlists
- Get notifications when you have unread messages (Another Duh!)
- Get notifications on other activity in addition to what your friends are listening to, like new followers, new playlists, invitations to collaborate, and who your friends started following
Wouldn't that be grand?
In addition, in my proposal, you'd have quicker access to Private Session with a toggle at the bottom (red when active, so you don't forget to turn it off again), and you can reorder your playlist by dragging the little drag icons on the right.
And here's a crazy idea: each playlist tells you, based on your algorithm, how much of a match it is for you, and if you click on the percentage, it will suggest you other playlists, and users with the same matching percentage. Music buddy matchmaking!
I also thought the left side bar needs some cleaning up. Lots of stuff in there that I never use.
While I was at it, I gave the logo a refresh, too. The current logo to me looks mopey and sad, instead of upbeat, which it should be, in my humble opinion. So I changed it to two sound icons communicating with each other (social!), also resembling an "S".
What do you think? Am I hired as UX/UI designer?