YouTube Music redesign finally comes to iPad, two years late

YouTube Music redesign finally comes to iPad, two years late
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You may remember that the YouTube Music Android app had a redesign a couple of years back, giving it a Now Playing screen. Now that update has finally made it to the iPad, 9to5Google reports.

Delays aren't unheard of – the update took a year to reach the iPhone app. But two years is a long time by anyone's measure.

So what's new? The cover art is now enormous, and you can tap it to share what's playing, download it for offline listening or add it to a playlist. The Thumbs Up/Down sits next to the song title and artist, while below the cover art sit the playback controls.

A quick swipe up or down brings up the Up Next queue, though you can't swipe left and right to change track (as you can on Android). 

Also missing is the Android app's two-column design which shows the queue next to the controls.

So, it took two years to bring this update to iPad, and it's still lacking some of its Android equivalent's features. Anyone would think the YouTube-owning Google was trying to push people to Android...


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Joe Svetlik

Joe has been writing about tech for 17 years, first on staff at T3 magazine, then in a freelance capacity for Stuff, The Sunday Times Travel Magazine, Men's Health, GQ, The Mirror, Trusted Reviews, TechRadar and many more (including What Hi-Fi?). His specialities include all things mobile, headphones and speakers that he can't justifying spending money on.