YouTube Music gets ready to improve music discovery with new 'Related' tab [Updated]

YouTube Music on a Pixel 4 XL
YouTube Music on a Pixel 4 XL (Image credit: Joe Maring / Android Central)

Update, June 16: Related tab is rolling out to Android users today.

What you need to know

  • Google is testing a new tab for discovery in YouTube Music.
  • The tab will sit alongside the Up Next and Lyrics tab in the new Player UI.
  • Google recently announced a transfer tool to YouTube Music as it plans to make that its only streaming service going forward.

Google has been improving the YouTube Music app ever since it repositioned it as the successor to Play Music two years ago, and now, as Play Music prepares to be shuttered completely, the company is testing out a new feature that'll help improve discovery.

Youtube Music Related Tab

Source: XDA Developers (Image credit: Source: XDA Developers)

Spotted on Reddit via the folks at XDA Developers, Google is adding a new 'Related' tab next to the new Lyrics and Up Next tabs introduced with last month's YouTube Music update. While the appearance of the tab varies across users, the gist of it is that the app would show you related artists, albums, or playlists. It already has a precursor to this recommendations interface as a scrolling list under artist pages, but now it'll be added to the Now Playing interface as a natural jumping-off point for listeners.

The change is only being tested, and while it differs in implementation, it's something that Google could go forward with. Despite YouTube's fairly decent recommendation features, YouTube Music struggles with exposing users to different artists. That may change with this update, and the sooner the better.

YouTube Music: Everything you need to know

Update, June 16 — Android users will start seeing the Related tab in YouTube Music today.

Once your device receives the update, you'll see a Related tab in your now playing window beside the Up Next and Lyrics tabs. This new feature will bring you related songs and artists, recommended playlists, more albums and EPs from the artist, as well as a section that gives additional information on the artist that is currently playing. The Related tab will continue to get new features as time goes on to further improve song and artist discovery.

Youtube Music Related Tab

Source: YouTube Music (Image credit: Source: YouTube Music)

Currently, the update is heading out to Android mobile devices, but iOS mobile users should see new feature in a future update.

Michael Allison