YouTube Music Browser Player Starts Rolling Out: Report

The new YouTube Music browser player is now rolling out to some users, with several individuals reporting the feature as going live in the last 24 hours. The player that can be seen below is usually preceded by an email welcoming users to "the new YouTube Music," a major service revamp announced in mid-May. One source who provided the image seen below to Android Police claims to be a Family Plan manager, which may have placed him closer to the top of the priority rollout list. The web player itself is in line with what Google showcased last month, offering a streamlined experience of the world's most popular video content network.

The new redesign also encompasses the YouTube app for Android and iOS devices which has already been updated several days back, though it still hasn't phased out the YouTube Red branding which Alphabet's subsidiary wants to eliminate in favor of YouTube Premium. Much like the mobile app, the web player comes with a new home screen designed to dynamically adjust to one's preferences and viewing history, facilitating the process of discovering new content regardless of whether such clips come from channels to which one is already subscribed to or not. As is the case with the vast majority of other suggestion services offered by Google these days, that core functionality is powered by machine learning and related artificial intelligence technologies.

YouTube Music isn't meant to directly replace Play Music in the near term, though that scenario remains a possibility. Google representatives were previously vague when questioned about the matter, with the company's support channels only repeatedly stating that any potential changes to either service that could see them merged, replaced, or outright eliminated will be communicated to the general public well in advance. The rollout of the new YouTube Music browser player is expected to take at least several weeks to be completed. You can check whether the service is already live in your territory by referring to the banner below.

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