The new tab is likely being tested to show Shorts videos for users on mobile.News 

YouTube Music could be the next stop for short videos

YouTube is said to be testing a Samples tab in its Music app, which may show shorts focused on music videos.

YouTube Music’s bottom bar on Android and iOS devices has consisted of a home screen, explore, and library for several years, and now, according to 9to5Google, it’s testing a ‘Samples’ tab between the main feed and a Discovery/trending feed that displays vertical music videos.

The company does not use the YT Shorts icon in the bottom bar, instead users find two overlapping play buttons.

The album art, track title and artist information appear at the bottom, with buttons on the right for like, add (to something), ‘shorts’, share and possibly repeat.

According to the report, YT Music’s logo can be seen in the upper left corner.

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

Meanwhile, YouTube has announced the introduction of 30-second non-sp ads on syndicated television (CTV), replacing two consecutive 15-second ads.

“We’re bringing 30-second instant skips to CTV’s YouTube Select,” YouTube said in a blog post.

The company said creating a longer format on the big screen is in line with advertisers’ goals and allows for more diverse storytelling.

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