YouTube Music has long been able to automatically download songs “based on your previous listening history” so that you always have a fresh collection of things to listen to when offline. A small YouTube Music tweak sees smart downloads get a new sparkle icon.

After enabling smart downloads (Settings > Library & downloads) and selecting how many songs you want, YouTube Music will refresh what’s stored on a nightly basis when you’re connected to Wi-Fi (or mobile data if permitted) and the device has over 40% battery life. 

On occasion, you’ll see a system notification when downloads are being updated in the background. YouTube Music recently switched from a lightning bolt to a sparkle icon for smart downloads. To critique the design ever so briefly, the faint lines are somewhat hard to see as Google tries to convey a trio of iconography in a rather small space. That said, it does fit YouTube’s icon style.

It’s a curious little change that’s also reflected on the Downloads page next to albums and playlists, including your Offline mixtape. Collections you’ve downloaded manually are still marked by the checkmark in a circle icon. 

We first spotted the sparkle icon for smart downloads on Monday with version 5.02.50 (from last week) of YouTube Music on Android. 

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