- YouTube Music web version gets a new look with a convenient navigation drawer.
- Quick access to playlists with the play button on hover.
- The app bar includes a search field and a Cast feature.
YouTube Music is introducing a fresh look for its web version, bringing in a convenient navigation drawer that grants quick access to playlists. Instead of the previous top app bar with Home, Explore, and Library sections, these core features are now housed in a collapsible navigation drawer. With a simple click, you can expand it to view up to 50 recent playlists, with Liked Music and New Episodes (for podcasts) conveniently pinned at the top. You’ll also find a shortcut to create new playlists with ease.
When you hover over a playlist, a play button appears, allowing you to start playing the music instantly. If you prefer to see the full playlist, a simple tap will do the trick. The best part is that you’re not obligated to interact with the navigation drawer if you don’t want to—it remembers your last state, whether open or closed, for future visits.
The app bar, on the other hand, houses a search field, providing hints for searching songs, albums, artists, and podcasts. On the right side of the app bar, you’ll find the Cast feature.
This redesign draws inspiration from the layout of YouTube.com and marks a significant revamp of the YouTube Music web experience since its relaunch. While the mobile apps have seen occasional functional improvements, the desktop version has received fewer updates.
It’s important to note that the Home, Explore, and Library feeds remain unchanged, as you may not need to access them as frequently now.