Spotify Reveals Touch Preview, Music Discovery Made Easy
Last year, Spotify managed to reach 10 million paid users and the company did some redesigning of its app on mobile devices. However, it removed the 30-second preview option which left fans unhappy.
It’s been a year since the removal of this feature and finally, Spotify has come up with a solution to this issue. The solution comes in the form of a Touch Preview, which makes music discovery a walk in the park.
Touch Preview isn’t being added as a new section for Spotify or some other complicated way to preview music; it’s more in line with a simple user interface change.
From anywhere in Spotify app, when you’re searching genres, looking at an album’s tracklist or just browsing playlists, all you need to do is to tap and hold for a 30-second preview of the song. It’s as simple as that!
Once the Touch Preview is activated, you can move your finger through a list of songs and the app shifts the 30-second preview to the song your finger is on.
Each of the rectangular box which contains the name of the artist and other information about the song, fades to a lighter color as your finger moves up and down on the list. Edge scrolling is activated when you drag to the top or bottom of your smartphone’s screen.
It’s the fastest and most seamless way to get an idea of what a track sounds like. If you like a track’s preview, you can swipe your finger to the right to save it or left to queue it.
Lennon from spotify says that users who try it, “end up using it even more.” Who can blame them? It’s the simplest and most efficient music discovery tool.
Lennon further adds:
Album art, playlist covers — these are things that don’t always communicate what a piece of music is going to sound like,” Lennon says. “So we thought, why do we spend so much time tweaking how music is browsed visually when maybe it should be browsed audibly?
He revealed that they have made sure that this feature and the overall Spotify app, works as fast on 3G and LTE as it does on Wi-Fi.
This feature is now available on iOS and will soon be available on Android devices as well. We’ll keep you updated on the release schedule of this feature on Android.