Finally, YouTube Music updates Now Playing on the iPad.

A makeover of YouTube Music’s Now Playing screen was extensively released on Android in June 2020, followed by the iPhone a year later, and is now accessible on the iPad.

Beginning with the border now present, the cover art is no longer edge to edge. The song/video switcher for YouTube Music is still at the top with Cast next, and with this makeover, you can reach the overflow menu from the top-right corner.

The following cover image is enormous, especially in portrait orientation, and features thumbs up/down next to the song title and artist. To rapidly share, download, and add to a playlist, tap the artwork. The chronology is located beneath that, with shuffle and repeat placed between play/pause and back/next.

The Up Next queue is accessible by tapping or swiping up, while the bottom row also includes Lyrics and Related (which, on wide displays, provides an excellent browsing experience). Sadly, unlike Android, you cannot swipe through tracks using cover art.

This UI simply seems too stretched out in portrait view; nevertheless, it appears better in landscape. Unfortunately, the iPad lacks the two-column architecture of Android tablet apps that place the queue next to the buttons. On iOS, this would be extremely advantageous for the app. Additionally, you can access play/pause, next track, and remove the current queue when Now Playing is docked.

Speaking of landscape, there is a glitch that causes the cover art to fill the entire screen when rotating from portrait.

The YouTube Music team took a year to bring the Now Playing facelift to to the iPad after it was widely released on the iPhone in August of last year.

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