YouTube Music is one of the many music streaming services available to iPhone and Android users. It had a rocky start and is one of the most overlooked music streaming services. Apple Music and Spotify are two other streaming services that have gained huge popularity in recent years.
YouTube Music subscribers pay a flat fee of $9.99 per month to listen to music in an ad-free experience. YouTube is revamping YouTube Music to stay competitive by adding new features, incorporating personalized playlists for users and more.
A post on Reddit recently revealed that YouTube Music is working on an “Add to Playlist” UI in an effort to improve user experience (UX). Below, we’ll explore this UI, what it looks like, why it’s buggy, and what it could mean for YouTube Music users in the future.
YouTube Music’s new Add to Playlist UI
Although the latest Add to Playlist feature in YouTube Music looks very similar to the existing Add to Playlist UI, it has some significant improvements that benefit the user.
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First of all, the new UI covers the entire screen of the device. The original user interface was essentially a floating card on top of the main interface. Users now have access to more information about their playlists and songs.
In the old Add to Playlist UI, playlists were displayed in a simple list view. The new user interface now displays recent playlists in a scannable carousel that includes song artwork, making it easier for users to decide which playlist they want to add the song to.
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Additionally, the “All Playlists” section in the YouTube Music app lists any playlists the user has with album art. Overall, the new user interface is easier to use compared to the original one. The design had no artwork and was oversimplified.
Users can also see the number of songs included in the playlist with the new user interface. Finally, the New Playlist button is smaller and is considered a floating action button (FAB).
Possible bugs with the new feature
Based on recent reports, it appears that the new Add to Playlist UI has been spotted by only two users. It’s not widely available yet, and obviously, early adopters have run into some bugs along the way.
One Redditor claims that the new user interface did not allow them to scroll down on their device and look at their list of playlists.
It will take time for YouTube Music to fix these bugs and other user interface issues. It’s also worth noting that up to 95% of annual product launches actually fail, mostly due to poor market segmentation.
Therefore, it is possible that YouTube Music may not resolve all glitches before implementing this new UI, or that the completed, bug-free UI may not be released to all users. Regardless, it’s clear that the streaming service is doing its best to improve the user’s listening experience.
Again, to stay competitive with larger, more successful streaming platforms, YouTube Music will need to offer unique selling points to get people to switch to its service.
Expect changes to the YouTube Music app
The YouTube Music tweak is a nice addition, but it doesn’t change the app’s functionality much.
The new UI is still rolling out and not widely available, but users should expect to see this aesthetic change soon. Keep an eye out for more changes to YouTube Music in the future.
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