Playlists are undoubtedly a big part of YouTube Music’s detection angle and Google is now testing a major redesign of the user interface for them on their mobile device.
The first two lines indicate who created the playlist and when it was last updated to date. (You only get the year today.) Next comes the cover with a prominent image of the artist on the left and vertical text on the right, while the circular YouTube Music logo is in the upper left corner.
You will then be given a larger playlist name and description. All buttons (placed within circles) appear in one line: download, add to library, play, share, and overlay menu. The part used to be located in the upper right corner next to Cast and search (which are unchanged today). Finally, this upper area uses a blurred cover background.
There are generally no shuffle buttons, and the playlist remains the same. Google is not curious about how many songs are in the current collection.
So far, only one (French) user has received this redesign of the YouTube Music playlist on a tablet (Galaxy Tab A7). They said it only appears for playlists, not albums. It is not clear whether this is just the case in early testing or the new look is only for playlists. Both views that get the same visual update would make sense because they are identical today. This modification is likely to apply to both community-generated and user-generated playlists created by the algorithm.
We haven’t seen it on a few devices yet that we checked out this morning. This redesign of YouTube Music puts more emphasis on playlist covers, while all the controls on a single line might be a little more convenient. The previous look was a little long in the tooth.
This joins other recent changes to the YouTube Music user interface such as last week’s background color splash, a new “Mixed for you” cover, a new smart downloads icon, and a refreshed “Add to Playlist” screen from February.
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