YouTube is exploring a new music playlist UI

After some changes we saw in the youtube music app recently (such as color splash background theme, “Add to Playlist” UI, smart downloads icon and “Mixed for you” cover art), it looks like we are getting another updated its appearance. In an Android screenshot leaked by a Frenchman Reddit user with a Galaxy Tab A7The new design being tested shows updates focused on the app’s playlist UI, which consists of the new button layout and music playlist information layout.

The current app layout and design is practical and neat. Still, in these times when aesthetics are also an important element contributing to a great user experience, this update is a welcome change for the YouTube app. After all, now is probably the perfect time for YouTube to introduce such design changes, as the look of the current app is a bit outdated now, compared to others. The old YouTube Playlist design comes with a plain black background with big shuffle and play buttons. However, in the new shared design, great improvements are seen.

The cover is placed in the middle, although it is still at the top of the screen. It is composed of the image of the artist on the left part of the cover with the name of the playlist positioned vertically on the right. Above the cover is the name of the creator of the art and the date the playlist was last updated. However, we notice that the font size of the text for said information is rather small. The name of the playlist is repeated under the cover art, but it’s available in a larger font size, with a corresponding description below. Meanwhile, the background sports an upper part with a blurred image of the cover, while the lower part is a neat black color. The transition between the black part and the blurred image is smooth, giving the background an elegant look.

On the other hand, the buttons are evenly aligned in a horizontal placement under the cover art and its information. All of them are contained in circles to make them more prominent and visible. The controls included in this set are Download, Add to Library, Play, Overflow Menu, and Share buttons. The Cast and Search buttons remain at the top right of the screen. Surprisingly, the new playlist design does not show any option or control to shuffle the playlist.

As for the list of songs, they are always located in the lower part of the screen with the same layout and information. They still have their respective album art, title, song length, artist names, and menu buttons for each song (three vertical dots).

Finally, some believe that the new UI design will apply to the community-generated playlist and individual algorithm-generated playlists. However, reports indicate that the new UI design only applies to Playlist and not Albums, but we’re still hoping there will still be some significant changes before the final rollout.