YouTube Music 3.57 preps collaborative playlists and ‘Tap to play’ [APK Insight]

Google’s streaming service in recent weeks has seen big additions from the long-awaited cloud library to a redesigned Now Playing screen. YouTube Music 3.57 today reveals work on collaborative playlists, as well as “Tap to play.”

About APK Insight: In this ‘APK Insight’ post, we’ve decompiled the latest version of an application that Google uploaded to the Play Store. When we decompile these files (called APKs, in the case of Android apps), we’re able to see various lines of code within that hint at possible future features. Keep in mind that Google may or may not ever ship these features, and our interpretation of what they are may be imperfect. We’ll try to enable those that are closer to being finished, however, to show you how they’ll look in the case that they do ship. With that in mind, read on.

Collaborative playlist

YouTube lets you “collaborate” on a playlist so that others can add videos after being invited by link. This capability could soon be directly integrated with YouTube Music without having to first turn to

Collaborative playlists in YouTube Music are accessible today as regular playlists that do not identify who added a song or allow set-up.

Strings in version 3.57 detail the “Collaborate” process. Specifically, the ability to get the invite link in YouTube Music and turn off sharing. Set-up should be similar to the main YouTube apps, with Music today only letting you name playlists, add a description, and set privacy (Public, Unlisted, or Private).

<string name=”playlist_collaborate”>Collaborate</string>

<string name=”collab_playlist_link_loading”>Loading link\u2026</string>

<string name=”collab_playlist_turn_off_confirm_message”>Playlist will no longer receive contributions and all collaborators will be removed.</string>

Tap to play

Next up is a feature called “Tap to play” where you can “Quickly start playback on albums, playlists, and artists.” This “single_tap” presumably works on the Home feed where making a selection first opens that listing and you have to still hit play. This optional setting would allow you to tap to start immediate playback of the first song in a work.

<string name=”pref_single_tap_to_play_title”>Tap to play</string>

<string name=”pref_single_tap_to_play_summary”>Quickly start playback on albums, playlists, and artists</string>

How to update?

YouTube Music 3.57 is rolling out now via the Play Store. None of the features are yet live.

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