YouTube Music updates tablet UI, plans to base future improvements on user feedback

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You will now be able to distinguish audiobooks from albums


Google continues to work to ensure that YouTube Music is a worthy successor to Google Play Music with additional features and improvements. There’s work to be done, after all – despite its massive subscriber base, it’s still seen as a blah alternative to some of its big competitors. Recent UI changes have focused on overall usability and highlighting new content. In an update of the application’s help pagethe company also indicated that more improvements are coming.

YouTube Music users on tablet (Android and iOS) now see screen-bordering margins and improved icon and thumbnail spacing in addition to reduced cover image sizes. This should make it easier to access the carousel menus without additional scrolling. Another notable improvement is aimed at making it easier to find good user-created playlists, as they now show up on the home screen in the “Similar to” playlist shelf recommendations. Google says changes like this and the overlaying of profile avatars on thumbnails of user-generated playlists are intended to improve the way people interact when using YouTube Music.

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Plus, you should find it easier to tell the difference between audiobooks and music. Google has added “audiobooks” or “shows” depending on media, and they’re organized together on artists’ homepages. Because books work differently than albums, YouTube Music’s shuffle and radio features are disabled for audiobooks and dramas. Google also updated YouTube Music so parents can choose to let kids 13 or younger use it. This capability extends to US citizens with accounts set up on Google-made smart displays and speakers.

Google is look up user input to guide updates in the coming months, and says the team behind YouTube Music’s design “may prioritize future changes based on your feedback.” Don’t be surprised if this results in an avalanche of complaints asking to restore the 10,000-song User Library feature.


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