YouTube Music now supports Android 13 media controls

One of the major visual changes in Android 13 is an overhaul of media controls, and YouTube Music has just been updated to support the new style.

Applications should target API level 33 to take advantage of the new design. Otherwise, all the controls appear at the very bottom of the larger player for a very cramped experience that complicates tapping.

YouTube Music 5.16 targets Android 13 and gets a rounded square pause button on the right, while the play action is housed in a circle with a transition animation between these states. The curvy progress bar is flanked by back/forward, with repeat and shuffle in the corner.

YouTube Music joins Chrome and Google Podcasts (which is updated through the Google app) in being fully compatible with the new media player. Spotify hasn’t been updated yet and will hopefully be refreshed ahead of the launch of Android 13 on Pixel in the coming weeks. The main YouTube app (for background audio playback) is also lacking.

That said, Google in Android 13 Beta 1 enabled the new design for all apps. It remains to be seen whether Google will require developers to update or automatically enable it to deliver a modern day-one experience.

Version 5.16 of YouTube Music is not yet widely deployed through the Play Store, but should be by the end of the week. (The app notably didn’t update last week – 5.15 was skipped – on Android and iOS.) Personally, I was waiting for that YouTube Music update before installing Android 13 Beta on my driver daily. The packed controls were remarkably boring for a frequently used app.

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