YouTube Music playlists could soon have a whole new design

According to a Reddit user in France, Google is ostensibly testing a redesign of the playlist interface on youtube music. While the feature isn’t widely rolled out yet, it gives us a first look at what YouTube’s music streaming app has in store for its users.

The revamped playlist UI displays the date the playlist was last updated at the top of the screen. Just below is the cover art, which features the highlighted artist and a YouTube Music logo in the upper left corner. The artwork also features the name of the playlist next to the artist image.

A look under the cover reveals the playlist name in bold and a larger font, followed by a brief description of the playlist. The download, add to library, play and share buttons as well as the overflow menu appear below the playlist description.

YouTube Music Playlists UI

YouTube Music’s new UI overhaul doesn’t include the shuffle button

While the playlist redesign looks relatively decent, the shuffle button is conspicuously absent. This means that users cannot randomize the order of their songs, sticking to a specific order instead. Hopefully future iterations of YouTube Music will include the shuffle button.

Meanwhile, the top part of the playlist features a blurry version of the cover art. 9to5Google points out that the new design of the playlist does not mention the number of songs on the playlist. The Reddit user (u/MoistTart3258) claims to have discovered the redesigned playlist on the Galaxy Tab A7 in France, adding that the redesign only appears on playlists and not on albums. However, it is not currently known whether this will be the case in the future.

While it’s a little odd for a tablet to get this update first, it’s not unusual. In most cases, these features are only accessible during beta testing. Given the magnitude of the changes, the redesign may also apply to albums, user-generated playlists, and playlists generated by YouTube Music algorithms.

Recently, the YouTube Music app was updated with new home screen background colors. These colors would change every time the user reopens the app or refreshes the page. With competition intensifying in the music streaming industry, YouTube Music clearly doesn’t want to be left behind.

George L. Hernandez