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August 16, 2013

YouTube Tests New Music Cards

YouTube experiments with a new format for the music artist box. Now it looks more like the Google Knowledge Graph card, it has more pictures, more songs, a list of related artists and a list of albums. Click an album and you'll start a playlist with all the songs from the album. Click a song and you can listen to all the other songs from the artist's playlist. Who needs Google Play Music All Access when you have YouTube?

Here's the existing layout:

There's also a new YouTube Mix interface that looks more like Google Music's radio feature. It's still a playlist, but it no longer shows numbers, there's an "up next" section, a "next video" button and the end of the list has a fading effect which suggests that there are other songs, but they're not yet displayed.

Here's the existing YouTube Mix:

How to enable the experiment? If you use Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Safari or Internet Explorer 8+:

1. open in a new tab

2. load your browser's developer console:

* Chrome or Opera 15+ - press Ctrl+Shift+J for Windows/Linux/ChromeOS or Command-Option-J for Mac

* Firefox - press Ctrl+Shift+K for Windows/Linux or Command-Option-K for Mac

* Opera 12 - press Ctrl+Shift+I for Windows/Linux or Command-Option-I for Mac, then click "Console"

* Safari - check this article

* Internet Explorer - press F12 and select the "Console" tab.

3. paste the following code which changes a YouTube cookie:

document.cookie="VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE=CvMBBZAh_fw; path=/;";window.location.reload();

4. press Enter and close the console.

To go back to the regular interface, use the same instructions, but replace the code from step 3 with this one:

document.cookie="VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE=; path=/;";window.location.reload();

{ Thanks, Yu-Hsuan Lin. }

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