YouTube Music has acquired a familiar feature: the ability to swipe album art on the Now Playing interface to change tracks. It’s a surprising omission, and it’s not yet implemented for everyone, but customers coming from Google Play Music and other streaming services like Spotify will appreciate it.
Slide your finger to change tracks, I can’t believe I didn’t have it before. Image via / u / AMO124.
The new feature was discovered a few hours ago on Reddit and works exactly as expected. Directionally sliding the album art in the Now Playing interface allows you to change tracks, as it does in most other music streaming services, including Google’s previous Play Music. It’s such a curious omission, I would have assumed that YouTube Music already had the feature.
The new feature appears to be in a limited release. None of my devices have it, even running the latest version of the YouTube app. These YouTube Music feature implementations can also take years, so it may not reach everyone for a while. A few months ago, some customers complained that still it didn’t have the new Now Playing user interface, which apparently launched widely in March. Even with all of Google’s resources, the company had to delay transfers for Play Music migration, and that’s even breaking YouTube’s sidebar entirely for some people.
In short: YouTube Music is (in best) a little inconsistent, so you may have to wait a little or a long time before this feature reaches your phone.