What you need to know
- YouTube Music begins rolling out a new Now Playing screen redesign with version 5.32 on Android.
- The changes will show where music is coming from (playlists, radio, etc.) and also remove the dislike button.
- Lighter changes include rounding the edges of album art and a white background for the play button.
YouTube Music improves the way users interact with their music through a new redesign.
Spotted by 9to5Google, YouTube Music has started rolling out a redesign update for its Now Playing screen. The update appears to appear on Android devices running YouTube Music version 5.32. This update, according to 9to5’s findings, has not yet shown the redesign on iOS devices.
There are two notable feature changes with this new redesign, and that starts with the Now Playing screen letting you know where your music is coming from. At the top of the screen is a small string of text that lets users know if their music is playing from a playlist, radio station, queue, likes, or an artist’s page.
The next change is that YouTube Music’s Now Playing redesign has removed the “dislike” button on the left side of a song’s title. Now the track title is positioned a bit more to the left and only has the like button on the right.
This isn’t the first time YouTube has attempted to hide dislikes or remove the button from its platform entirely. The video platform currently does not allow users to see the number of dislikes, although creators are still retaining that ability. The change came with quite a bit of backlash, as some argued that the number of dislikes could help gauge the quality of a video by a peer consensus. However, when it comes to music, most people choose to just skip to the next track rather than press a thumbs down, and the thumbs down button is arguably less relevant on the music platform. Still, it can potentially help the app discern which types of numbers to avoid when it comes to recommendations, though in either case it may not.
That said, the button isn’t completely gone, but you’ll need to open the overflow menu to find it, which has also been moved from the top left corner of the screen to the right side of the song title and like button. As a result, the Now Playing screen displays the classic Google cast button in the top right instead of clicking it in the song’s artwork. Album art/sleeves now have rounded edges instead of their former sharper, squared-off look.
As for the controls, they’ve remained mostly the same, although they’ve been moved down the UI slightly, and the circular play/pause button is now filled with white instead of matching the screen’s theme based on the album artwork.
YouTube Music’s Now Playing redesign comes nearly two weeks after the platform began testing a change to make your playlists more noticeable on the home screen. This update would add your playlist as a card to the YouTube Music home screen with its art, owner, and number of songs it contains.
So far, the new design hasn’t appeared on any of our devices, meaning it’s likely a server-side change.