YouTube Music may soon get a new Samples tab: Here’s what it does


Google-owned YouTube is reportedly testing a ‘Samples’ tab in its Music app, which could showcase music video-centric shorts.

YouTube Music’s bottom bar on Android and iOS has included Home, Explore, and Library for several years, and now it’s testing a ‘Samples’ tab between the main and Discovery/Trending feeds that showcase vertical music videos, according to 9to5Google.

The company is not using the YT shorts icon in the bottom bar, instead users will get two overlapping play buttons.

Album art, song name, and artist information are displayed at the bottom, with buttons on the right edge for liking, adding (doing something), “shorts”, sharing, and possibly playing.

The report states that the YT Music logo is visible in the top-left corner.

However, at this point, it is unclear whether these are YouTube shorts or just music videos in vertical format, the report added.

Meanwhile, YouTube has announced that it will introduce 30-second non-skip ads on connected TVs (CTVs) instead of two consecutive 15-second ads.

“We’re bringing 30-second non-skips to YouTube Select on CTV,” YouTube said in a blogpost.

The company said that running longer creatives on the big screen aligns with advertisers’ objectives, and allows for richer storytelling.


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