YouTube Music is testing a new playlist overhaul on Android

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Google wants to improve the music discovery aspects of YouTube. The YouTube Music playlist feature is getting an overhaul on Android devices.

It should be noted that the new view puts more emphasis on who created the playlist and when. The current view only offers the year the reading list was last updated. The cover then appears with a highlighted artist image and vertical text. The YouTube Music logo now appears in the upper left corner.

One thing to note is that there doesn’t seem to be a shuffle button. There’s also no way to quickly see how many songs are in the playlist, unlike other music streaming services. Reports of the new online interface seem limited to social media so far – so the beta test may not even be available in the US.

The images below collected by 9to5Google show the new redesign of a Galaxy Tab A7. A French user downloaded a YouTube Music app update and saw the new interface. It seems to be limited to playlists, as the YouTube Music album view remains the same.

YouTube Music Playlist Redesign

The redesign of YouTube Music playlists also applies to community-generated playlists. Community-generated playlists have been one of the main reasons why Spotify has dominated the music streaming space. Now the YouTube profile is named at the top of these playlists.

After initial feedback was largely negative, Google made changes to the YouTube Music experience. The switch from Google Play Music to YouTube Music was a particularly bitter pill for some users to swallow, given that some features available in GPM are no longer available in YouTube Music.

“Please just copy Google Play Music. Don’t try to reinvent the wheel and make this more complicated,” reads a user’s complaint on the Google Support forums. “I was completely blown away by the poor quality from YouTube Music,” another confessed. “The way it’s set up is clunky and unfriendly. Just jumping from song to song takes way too long.

“If I have to use this shitty app to listen to music, I’ll switch to Spotify or whatever,” the user concludes. Ouch. No wonder so many changes are coming to the YouTube Music app.

Victor L. Jones