Spotify’s new app design separates music and podcasts

Spotify has been working on a new home tab design that will create separate feeds for your music and your podcasts. The company says it’s part of an effort to give you more and better recommendations, but it also addresses a common criticism of the Spotify experience: with all kinds of audio together in the app, it can sometimes be hard to figure out .

The new home feed, now rolling out to Android users and coming to iOS “in the near future,” actually doesn’t look that different at first glance. But at the top of the screen there are two new buttons: one for music and one for podcasts and shows. If you press one of these, you will be taken to separate feeds. Music will show you suggestions based on what you’ve been listening to, while Podcasts and Shows will show you the latest episodes of your favorite shows plus recommendations for new ones. They’re not so much new home screens as new filters for your home screen. (I’d rather just have them be separate tabs entirely, but I’ll take what I can get.)

The change looks particularly useful for podcast listeners, as it turns Spotify into something much closer to an actual podcast app. It’s been strangely difficult until now to just open Spotify and find a podcast to listen to; Spotify largely chose to mix podcasts and music, relegating your podcast feed to a playlist called “New Episodes.” The company seems to be endlessly redesigning its library page, but the home screen has largely stayed the same for the past few years.

Now podcasts are much more front and center, which is a win for listeners, but also an indication of how important podcasts are to Spotify. As the company desperately looks for ways to monetize audio, it has invested heavily in becoming the biggest podcasting player in the market. It’s making a big push into video as well, which also seems to be the kind of feature that needs a dedicated space in the app. (And let’s not even get into audiobooks, which are a completely different type of audio product and will be even more difficult to integrate into Spotify.)

Part of Spotify’s whole plan to dominate audio has been to bring everything—from music to books to podcasts to live audio—in one place. It’s a difficult UI problem, and one that the company hasn’t always gotten right. In this case, it seems like it is right to give things their own place. And that gives Spotify a ton of new ways to try to get you to listen to Joe Rogan and the rest of their pods.

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