YouTube gets a shortcut to open songs in YouTube Music

Since 2019, the main YouTube app has offered to open song videos in YouTube Music, but this integration is now becoming much more important.

When playing a song in the main YouTube app, a YouTube Music icon now displays directly in the player window. This is the full service logo and is notably not converted to an outline. (Update: The icon is white for some users.) It appears just to the left of the autoplay switch and stands out a lot.

Tapping opens YouTube Music to that song, even if your playback position isn’t preserved, and the song will start from the beginning. As seen in the screenshot below, the new button coexists with the “Want audio only?” prompt under the video window.

In the meantime, you can also access this feature at the bottom of the overflow menu: “Listen with YouTube Music“. It’s kind of funny that there are now three different promotions, but it remains to be seen which actually grabs people’s attention. Of the three, the blue open button is the most visually distracting and not really integrated.

We now see this change rolling out widely to YouTube for Android.

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Victor L. Jones