YouTube Music rolls out Now Playing redesign that hides the dislike

YouTube Music rolls out Now Playing redesign that hides the dislike

After bringing the new playlist view on phones, YouTube Music introduces a redesign of the Now Playing screen.

At the top, this redesign allows YouTube Music to identify where the current song is “playing” from. This could be Your Queue, Your Likes, Playlist, Radio or Artist Page, with longer titles scrolling. It’s somewhat distracting, but it’s fine for shorter collections and a nice addition that improves visibility since this information previously required a swipe to open Up Next.

Cast is positioned in the top right corner instead of requiring a tap on the album art, while the song/video selector is now one row lower.

Artwork now features more aggressive rounded corners, while the song title is left-aligned (like Spotify) with thumbs up and following overflow. Notably, thumbs down/dislike is not immediately accessible as part of this redesign and is now at the top of the overflow menu.

This is again in line with Spotify’s behavior and is in the context of main YouTube hide public dislike account. The change makes less sense in YouTube Music where you sometimes get a song you don’t like autoplaying. At the same time, it’s a waste to always have your thumbs down showing if you mostly stick to your bookshelf.

The timeline slider follows with the row of controls below unchanged except for play/pause, now with a much larger white background. It is no longer themed by illustrations with the lightened icon.

Of the four Android devices we checked this afternoon, this redesign of YouTube Music Now Playing is live on half of them with version 5.32. We don’t see this server side change on iOS.

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