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Spotify updates Your Library with pinned playlists and smarter search

Spotify is giving its app an update, with a new “Your Library” section that promises faster access with a revamped layout and dynamic filters. The new interface brings together music and podcasts in a single UI, following Spotify’s announcement earlier this week that it would be adding podcast subscriptions as an option for users.

The downside of this is that Spotify’s growing catalog can make it more complicated to find something to play when you’re in a hurry. Spotify says the new Your Library feature addresses this potential headache, starting with better ranking options.

You can now see the audio sorted by what was played recently, or in alphabetical order, or by the name of the creator. New dynamic filters can sort by album, artist, playlist or podcast and will get results from wherever you saved them. If you downloaded music, you can also choose this as a filter, to see only the results that support offline playback.

Spotify already puts its most played playlists and albums at the top of the app, but there will now be support for manually pinning content there too. Up to four playlists, albums or podcast programs can be pinned by swiping right over them to see the new option.

Finally, there is a new grid view. This offers preferred content in a more visual way, says Spotify, with large blocks for album, playlist and cover art for the podcast. It can also be useful for your fingers if you are trying to browse the library while on the move.

The new Your Library interface will be added to the iOS and Android versions of the Spotify app next week, the company says. They are free downloads for each platform, although you need a Spotify Premium account to download music locally for offline playback.

This will get more expensive, depending on where you are located. Spotify recently confirmed that it was raising prices for its premium subscriptions.

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