After bringing the new playlist view to phones, YouTube Music is introducing a redesign of the Now Playing screen.
At the top, this redesign sees YouTube Music identify where the current song is â€œPlaying from.â€ This can be Your Queue, Your Likes, playlist, radio, or artist page, with longer titles scrolling. Thatâ€™s somewhat distracting, but itâ€™s fine for shorter collections and an interesting addition that boosts glanceability since that information previously required a swipe up to open Up Next.
Cast is positioned in the top-right corner instead of requiring a tap on album artwork, while the Song/Video switcher is now a line lower.
Artwork now features more aggressively rounded corners, while the song title is left-aligned (like Spotify) with thumbs up and overflow following. Notably, thumbs down/disliking is not immediately accessible as part of this redesign and is now found at the top of the overflow menu.
This again matches Spotifyâ€™s behavior, and comes in the context of main YouTube hiding public dislike counts. The change makes less sense in YouTube Music where you on occasion get a song you donâ€™t like from autoplay. At the same time, itâ€™s a waste to have thumbs down always showing if you mostly stick to your library.
The timeline scrubber follows with the row of controls below unchanged save for play/pause now featuring a white background thatâ€™s much more prominent. Itâ€™s no longer themed by artwork with the icon slimmed down.Â
More on YouTube Music:
- YouTube Music gets a playlist card to liven up the Home feed
- YouTube Premium and Music subscriber count grew to 80 million in past year
- YouTube Music rolls out 7-day stats and teases more lyric features
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