In May last year, the official iPad app of Spotify was released, bringing with it an interface that’s pleasant to look at and, more importantly, easy to use. Today, the official iPhone app of the popular music streaming service has been updated with a similarly pleasant and easy interface.

The iPhone edition of the universal Spotify iOS app now features a sidebar to facilitate navigation. You can access the sidebar by tapping the button at the top left corner of the app. Alternatively, you can just swipe from left to right to make it appear.

The updated app also features a new Now Playing bar. Except when you’re viewing the Now Playing screen, the Now Playing bar is always shown along the bottom of the app.

As an added advantage, the new Now Playing bar supports several gestures. Just swipe along it to switch tracks and tap or drag to see more information about the current track.

Also, you can tap the cover art in the extended view to activate AirPlay or to toggle shuffle and repeat.

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Further, the new interface of Spotify for iPhone provides a redesigned context menu for any track. This is accessible by tapping the ellipsis button.

The update also includes the following fixes, which, presumably, are applicable to the app’s iPad edition as well as its iPhone edition:

  • “Track only available online” issues. This would sometimes appear after start-up, or when you’d been offline for a little while. Not any more.
  • Lock screen will now always display the correct track.
  • Shuffle now switches off after you’ve used “Shuffle Play” on an album or playlist.

Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad running iOS 5.0 or later, the new version of Spotify for iOS is available now in the App Store for free.

For other recent Spotify-related news, see For The First Time In 15 Years The Music Industry Sees Sales Growth and Spotify’s iOS Music Streaming Plans Could Render iRadio DOA.