The Spotify desktop experience is getting a facelift, but is Spotify DJ available yet? The short answer? Nope.
Spotify has redesigned the ‘Your Library’ and ‘Now Playing’ views of its desktop and web browser experience. While the main content area is unchanged, many of the changes to the library view bring the desktop experience in line with the mobile app.
The desktop experience now has an anchored ‘Your Library’ strip, so you can quickly access saved music and podcasts. Spotify says initial feedback from users has been positive, as the new setup allows them to save time when viewing playlists, podcasts, and more. The right-hand side of the app has the ‘Now Playing’ pane, which displays much more information about the artist. This update now includes the ability to view tour dates and merch. For select podcasts, you can follow along with a transcript as you listen.
Spotify hid the friend activity feed under a new ‘friends’ icon next to the profile picture in the top-right. But is Spotify DJ available on the new desktop experience? Unfortunately, not yet.
Spotify released the new Spotify DJ feature that delivers a curated lineup of music alongside commentary around the tracks and artists. The information is sourced through ChatGPT, while Spotify has used its Sonantic voiceAI technology to create a realistic DJ for whatever content you’re streaming.
The virtual Spotify DJ is modeled on Spotify’s own Head of Cultural Partnerships, Xavier ‘X’ Jernigan. He previously served as one of the hosts of Spotify’s first morning show, The Get Up. Now his voice is the first model for the Spotify DJ, though Spotify says it will continue to innovate with new voices along the way.
Unfortunately, the experience is stuck on the iOS and Android apps for now. Will Spotify ever bring the DJ feature to the desktop experience? Never say never—but the desktop experience has taken a backseat to mobile development in recent years.