Spotify revamps desktop, web design — including downloads to your computer – CNET

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Spotify refreshed the look and feel of the desktop app and web player for its streaming music service, the company said Thursday, which included the ability to download tracks to a computer with its desktop app for people who are paying premium members. 

It also made the design of its web and desktop apps more similar to its mobile app, so that using Spotify across platforms is more cohesive, the company said in a blog post. And it simplified playlist creation and added more controls when web or desktop users are making a playlist, like the ability to write descriptions, upload images, drag and drop tracks into existing playlists. 

The news came about a month after Spotify held an event to reveal a list of announcements, including plans to launch a new subscription tier called HiFi for high-quality audio later this year and an expansion to more than 80 new countries. At the time, the streaming-music giant also unveiled podcast exclusives and a suite of new tools for artists and podcasters. 

Spotify is the biggest streaming music service by both listeners and subscribers in the world.