The updated playlist experience for YouTube Music, one of the Android apps Google promised would receive tablet optimizations at I/O 2022, is now available.

Update 6/7: for some users Android phones are now showing the redesigned YouTube Musics playlist. Just the new appearance, but in a single column, has not yet been fully implemented.

The share button is now located next to play or shuffle rather than in the top-right corner. Its the latter when youre on a playlist you generated (which includes Your Likes), while the former is for those created by YouTube Music. You first see fewer songs per screen because the top half is larger.

Original 6/4: This viewpoint, which only applies to playlists—arguably a significant portion of the streaming service—entered A/B testing prior to the statement on stage. The new paint job applies to both your playlists and those created by YouTube Music, however albums are currently excluded.

It has a two-column layout with the creator and the most recent update at the top and the cover image and background blur on the left. The name is displayed below, along with a description, download, editing (details and sort), shuffle, share, and an overflow menu control panel. It is accompanied by a list of songs and ideas for further music.

As you scroll beyond the cover in the portrait user interface, a shuffle FAB (floating action button) appears.

YouTube Music tablet playlist
YouTube Music tablet playlist
YouTube Music tablet playlist

As of right now, the app is available for a Chromebook and an Android tablet running versions 5.08 and 5.09 of the redesigned YouTube Music playlist. None of the phones we looked at or the iPad client have this cosmetic upgrade. It’s unclear if album views or phone access will be added.

YouTube Music has been preparing its mobile apps for big screens ever since the developer conference. Home feed was improved to better utilize the additional screen space at the beginning of 2022, although Now Playing has long offered a two-column style. On Android, meanwhile, app settings have only recently been streamlined.

YouTube Music tablet playlist

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