Google’s YouTube Music streaming service is well on its way to replacing Google Music, and though some transitions have been tricky, this latest update will certainly get users listening!
One of the most irksome challenges users of YouTube Music have tackled is the fact that the Google streaming service was not initially designed for optimal in-car listening. According to Explica, however, the tech giant has taken note of its shortcomings, and its efforts to solve them can be seen in the fresh new YouTube Music interface revamp.
It’s about time Google got around to such an update, considering YouTube Music is among the most used apps on Android Auto!
Finally Android Auto friendly
Despite its increasing popularity, the streaming service has been hit with criticism over time due to the fact that it was never as road-friendly, user-friendly, and intuitive as people wanted–and at times, even needed–it to be.
Finally, users’ hearts will have no more reason to race every time they glance off the road to navigate their app on Android Auto, due to its complete redesign that allows for much easier access than there ever was with the service in the past.
A significant refresh
Where YouTube Music once failed to present things in a straight-to-the-point type manner, it’s new opening screen delivers. As soon as the app is loaded, users are greeted by the neat new main menu, and quick home access with a single tap!
Google has also added new tabs that can be seen easily on top of the screen, at last, letting users have a straightforward view of each of the app’s sections without having to go back to the main menu every time they need to get to a different one. Plus, since there is no more need for it, the pesky back button has now been done away with and switched out for YouTube Music’s icon.
These tabs on the top side of the screen provide users with easy access to the app’s start, their personal recent activity, files on their own device, as well as their music library.
As for features that have stayed more or less the same, albums are still showcased in rows of three, as they already were to begin with.
The app now works much better with Google’s Android Auto tool as well, essentially allowing for hands-free usage as long as its elements are set up properly by each user according to their individual preferences.
How to get the update
This latest version of the YouTube Music app (4.30.50) can be activated in Android Auto, and ideally this should happen automatically for users. However, as it is being released in phases, it probably has not been rolled out to everyone just yet, and those excited will simply have to wait.
Listening to music or streaming the audio content we love sadly does become less enjoyable when certain programs somehow manage to make the process more complicated than fun, but it looks like YouTube Music users who have held fast to the app despite its issues will finally be reaping their rewards. Those paying for different streaming services, like Spotify for example, might even want to see how convincing this new update is for themselves!