After pulling a variant at the start of this year, YouTube Music is rolling out the latest redesign of Now Playing on Android and iOS, adding a comments section. This follows the launch of real-time lyrics last week.
Cover art is now slightly larger with more steeply rounded corners and a higher position on the page, while song and artist names are left-aligned. The last redesign dates back to 2020. Meanwhile, the play/pause button and Song/Video switcher are now white instead of being themed.
The big change is a carousel with pill-shaped buttons for thumbs up/down, comments, Save (add to playlist), Share, Download, and Radio. Previously, four of those actions were hidden by default and required that you tap the artwork. A tap still darkens the cover art and lets you go fullscreen (from the bottom-right corner).
This new design places more controls at the bottom of Now Playing for improved reach, while all other options remain in the overflow menu.
Comment access is new, bringing the ability to read and write them. The panel that slides up is borrowed from the main YouTube client and adds an interesting social element to YTM that was previously limited to playlists.
As of this afternoon, this Now Playing redesign with comments is starting to roll out more widely on YouTube Music for Android after first entering testing in June. However, we’re not yet seeing it on all devices. (Try force-stopping YouTube Music from the App info page.)
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