YouTube Music is updating its now playing interface to better align with what Spotify and Apple Music offer. This latest update may not be one that everyone has been asking for, but fans that like to listen to their music with shuffle turned on will likely be happy. The new interface moves the thumbs up and down icons closer to the album art and brings the Shuffle and Repeat toggles out of a menu and to the main page.
This update also includes in-app lyrics for some songs
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YouTube Music is a music streaming service developed by YouTube ; it provides a tailored interface for the service oriented towards music streaming , allowing users to browse through songs and music videos on YouTube based on genres, playlists, and recommendations. The service also offers a premium tier, which enables ad-free playback, audio-only background playback, and downloading songs for offline playback. The service will eventually supplant Google Play Music as Google's main brand for music streaming and purchase. The YouTube Music app was unveiled in October and released the following month; its release came alongside the unveiling of YouTube Red , a larger subscription service that covers the entirety of the YouTube platform, including the Music app. Although redundant to Google 's existing Google Play Music All Access subscription service, the app is designed for users who primarily consume music through YouTube. On May 17, , YouTube announced a new version of the YouTube Music service, including a web-based desktop player and redesigned mobile app, more dynamic recommendations based on various factors, and use of Google artificial intelligence technology to search songs based on lyrics and descriptions. YouTube Music became available on Google Assistant smart speakers including Google Home on April 18, , with feature-limited ad-supported playback available for non-subscribers. The availability of music includes many of the releases from mainstream artists and extends to any video categorized as music on the YouTube service.
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Download content for offline playback Expansive video options Student rates available Subscribing to artists through the app is separate from regular YouTube account subscirptions. Local file support is limited Audio quality Clunky interface Confusing to understand their different services. YouTube Music Premium is a great streaming service if you enjoy watching live performances, music videos, and covers. Its vast library is easy to get lost in. Audio quality falls short compared to the competition, but it's a viable option for anyone who needs to take their music on-the-go without incurring monthly overage charges from a network provider. The days of owning music, be it in physical or digital form, are long gone. There are a plethora of viable streaming services out there, but not all are created equally and certainly not all pay the artists equally. YouTube Music offers a vast library of official and unofficial music videos populate search results alongside audio files. YouTube Music Premium allows you to download content and listen to it from anywhere, saving you from running over your data cap. This is invaluable for anyone with a limited data plan and takes just a few moments to do.
YouTube Music is the default music app for Google-certified Android devices , so it has a lot of potential for growth. However, retaining users for more than a few minutes requires the app to have killer features like uploading your own music , showing lyrics for songs, and a sleek music player UI that shows the album art and provides quick access to handy music controls. Here are 4 screenshots from Google that show off the improved design:. As usual, the redesigned player page is rolling out to users gradually. You can download the latest version of YouTube Music version 3. I sideloaded the update on my Pixel 4 and did not get the new player page design, so your mileage may vary. Google still has a long way to go before they catch up to Spotify or Pandora, but by having YouTube Music pre-installed on every new Android device, Google is guaranteed to have a large userbase to justify investing more resources into YouTube Music. Editor-in-chief at XDA-Developers.