Apr 03, 2022
In Fashion Forum
Music streaming services that rock great UIKaitlyn Ellison by Kaitlyn Ellison 7 years ago 8 min read Build a business Grow an agency Learn design Web & digital design Logos, websites, book covers & more…Get a design Music streaming services have been divisive since the industry started because everyone listens to their music in a different way. Hundreds of companies have popped up to cater both to artists' and music fans’ niche interests in the marketplace. The industry has been hot lately; there’s a lot of competition – and more to come. Jay-Z and fellow celebrity musicians just released the high-fidelity, “artist-powered” streaming service Tidal, which is making us all take another look at the services that we choose to use. After the noise we’ve been hearing about Tidal’s “theft” of Spotify’s UI, we thought it would be interesting to compare some of the most widely used music services. These are intricate sites with complicated interfaces, so we narrowed it down to special leads either the web or desktop version (don’t even get us started on mobile app design) and a default home page. Here are our thoughts. Spotify: The overachiever Spotify The original dark horse of the game, Spotify embraces a background in shades of slate gray and white text, with activity popping out in lime green. It’s bold, but the darker hue draws your focus to the album and playlist imagery, which appears more saturated. In usability, Spotify puts the emphasis on browse features that consistently surface new music. There’s a banner for featured playlists and artists, with a collection of relevant curated lists below. Then it frames the application on all sides with segmented features that users employ most often:Left: Sections for your personal curated music collection — your library and playlists Right: A feed of the activity for accounts that you follow Bottom: The actual music player, so you can see what’s currently playing and your controls surrounding it Top: Your profile information and personal notifications there's also activity when you move your mouse through the interface. Tools like a sign to add a song or playlist to your library, or a play button to immediately get into the music. Rdio: The minimalist radio rdio’s sophisticated use of white minimalism draws your eye to the gallery of album artwork. Functionally, it places emphasis on a search feature, with a backup of suggested artists if you don’t know what you’re looking for (and to give the page a little pizzaz).