YouTube Music has begun a widespread rollout of its permanent miniplayer design, which first made an appearance last month. The new design maintains the familiar placement of cover art, song name, and artist on the left side. However, there have been some notable changes. The play button has been moved to the right side, alongside a Cast button in its original position. Tapping the Cast button opens the “Cast to a device” menu, resulting in the removal of the Cast button from the app bar.
The redesign contributes to a cleaner look in the app’s top-right corner, now featuring only the search, account avatar, and History options in the Library tab. However, it should be noted that not all users utilize the Cast feature, and the shortcut remains visible even when not connected to Wi-Fi or on cellular data, which some users find inefficient.
The removal of the next song button allows users to swipe left to move to the next track and swipe right to go back, which is a welcomed addition. However, the new position of the play button may initially disrupt users’ muscle memory.
With the introduction of swipe gestures, the option to swipe down on the miniplayer to clear the YouTube Music queue has been removed to avoid interfering with the left/right interactions. Currently, the only known method to clear the queue is by individually removing each song from the Up Next section, which can be tedious and impractical for longer queues. A workaround is to start a song from the search results, which creates a single-item queue.
The miniplayer now includes a notification stating “Nothing is playing” when applicable. This design change has been observed on Android phones and tablets but has not yet been implemented on iOS.
While the ability to swipe left or right is appreciated by users, there is a growing demand for a dedicated button in the overflow menu to quickly clear the queue.
It is important to mention that this change has faced opposition from some YouTube Music users, indicating that their feedback did not sufficiently influence the company’s decision-making process.