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Spotify has rolled out a big TikTok-style change and everyone hates it

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It’s the TikTok-ification of Spotify.

On Wednesday, Spotify unveiled a massive change to its design which users are not too thrilled about.

Now, Spotify’s homepage will now include a TikTok-like feed where users can scroll to discover new music, podcasts, books, and more.

The homepage will feature vertical videos when possible for music covers and podcasts. New music will also feature a small caption describing the song or artist, similar to Instagram photos.

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Users can scroll, similarly to Instagram or TikTok, where new music, podcasts, recommended playslits, books, and more will appear.

“Our goal is not to steal time, it is to help users save time,” Spotify’s chief product officer, Gustav Söderström, said at the Stream On event.

Söderström insisted that the new design will help users “discover content that drives deep, meaningful, and long-lasting engagement” rather than get users to spend more time on their app.

According to Söderström, this new design will help musicians, podcasters, and authors more of an opportunity to be discovered.

But users were not happy about the change as they prefer keeping their TikTok and Spotify interfaces separate

Other social media pages like Instagram and Twitter have implemented similar feeds that allow users to separate discovering new content and seeing content from people they already follow.

While TikTok’s for you page has always been an essential part of the app, other platforms adding it doesn’t sit well with users who do not want to see the same format across multiple platforms.

Additionally, the new change will give users a chance to "sample" music before adding it to their library, autoplay podcasts to a similar episode, smart shuffle, and their artificial intelligence DJ.

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