Spotify revamps its Windows Phone app, better late than never

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Nine months after redesigning its iOS and Android apps, Spotify is bringing the same features to Windows Phone.

The biggest improvement is the “Your Music” section, which lets users sort their favorite tracks by artist, album, or song. Previously, Spotify put all starred tracks in one massive, unorganized list, which wasn’t ideal if you wanted to curate a library-like music collection.

Spotify’s revamped app also includes some tweaks to the Browse section, which helps users discover new artists and playlists. In a nod to the Google-owned competitor Songza, this section now offers mood-based playlists based on the time and day of the week, and it bases its recommendations on your past listening preferences.

The Windows Phone app also gains a new look, with a dark theme, rounded icons and fresh typography.

Why this matters: Spotify has always been one of Windows Phone’s most notable allies, with support dating as far back as 2010 with a Windows Phone 7 app. But like many other developers who choose to support Windows Phone, Spotify’s updates tend to come later than they do on other platforms, as the smaller user base makes it less of a priority. Previously, Windows Phone users had to wait eight months to get the ad-supported free version. The good news is that these last two major updates bring Spotify’s app into feature parity with iOS and Android, so users needn’t have an inferiority complex while accessing the popular streaming music service.

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