Spotify has announced a major update to its mobile apps for users with a Premium subscription to the service, including an overhauled radio feature and changes to the onscreen navigation controls and search functions.
Paying Spotify users can now search an artist and song to generate a unique radio station that can be saved for offline listening.
Like the service’s Discover Weekly and other user-tailored playlists, Spotify says the endlessly playing radio streams are personalized to the user’s own musical tastes.
But unlike the old radio stations, the new Artist Radio playlists don’t have thumbs up/thumbs down buttons as they rely more heavily on Spotify’s personal listening algorithms, and Spotify says they will be regularly updated to keep things fresh.
As for the other changes, the navigation controls at the bottom of the interface now consist of Home, Search, and Your Library. While Home is where recommendations live, the redesigned Search screen opens with Top Genres at the top and Browse All buttons below.
Spotify says users can also expect a better song search experience, with the app now able to generate unique playlists based around searched songs, rather than just returning a list of tracks with the same name.
The mobile app update is a global update rolling out today to all premium subscribers on both iOS and Android devices.