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Spotify revamps desktop, web app design -- including downloads to your computer

Spotify's premium, paying subscribers can download tracks onto laptops via its desktop app to have songs available later even without connectivity.

Spotify's desktop app was the company's first portal into its music service before mobile phone came to dominated, but Spotify said the desktop design hasn't kept up with changes over the years. 

 Spotify has refreshed the look and feel of the desktop app and web player for its streaming music service, the company said Thursday, including 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 player and desktop app more similar to its mobile app, so that using Spotify across platforms is more cohesive, Spotify said in a blog post. And Spotify simplified playlist creation and added more controls for web or desktop users, like the ability to write descriptions, upload images and drag and drop tracks into existing playlists. 

"We constantly test, develop, and launch new features," Spotify said. "Yet along the way, we felt that our desktop app experience hadn't kept up, and that it was time for a change."

Spotify also added new keyboard shortcuts to assist with many more tasks, the company said. Within the desktop app, PC users can press Control + ?, and Mac users, Command + ? -- that will bring up a full list of all commands available.

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.