YouTube Music Rolling Out Refreshed “Now Playing” Interface That Adds Comments





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YouTube Music is rolling out a redesign of the “Now Playing” interface for Android and iOS following the launch of real-time lyrics last week, according to 9to5 Google. The update adds a comment section, a feature that was originally only available on playlists. 

There are dozens of music apps to choose from these days and sometimes minor tweaks, like a cleaner interface or improved usability, can help draw new users and keep old ones. Adding a live comments section sets YouTube Music apart from competitors for now. 

Changes include larger cover art, more rounded corners and new left alignment for the song and artist names. Most notably, there’s a new carousel of buttons that display like and dislike options, comments as well as the save and share buttons. 

Android and iOS users should start seeing the redesign features today, but it may show up for some devices sooner than others. 

YouTube Music offers millions of songs, live performances, covers and remixes, as well as personalized playlists and mixes. The service is free, but users can subscribe to the Premium tier for $11 a month after a one month free trial to access offline, ad-free listening with the screen off. 

YouTube wasn’t immediately available for comment. 

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