YouTube Music Stories December 2

Following the first annual summary last year and subsequent seasonal ones, YouTube Music is starting to roll out the 2022 Recap today.

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YouTube Music Stories November 16

After bringing the new playlist view to phones, YouTube Music is introducing a redesign of the Now Playing screen.

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YouTube Music Stories November 9

Last year, YouTube announced that its streaming service subscriber count hit 50 million, and that has now grown to over 80 million for Music and Premium.

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YouTube Music Stories November 4

YouTube Music’s Home tab just consists of various carousels, but the app is now testing a prominent playlist card that does a better job of standing out.

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YouTube Music Stories October 20

YouTube Music’s bimonthly recap of feature launches for August and September 2022 is here with wide rollouts for seven-day stats and a handful of teases about what the team is working on next. 

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YouTube Music Stories October 19

YouTube Music is almost constantly evolving and changing, and the latest such change is a complete redesign for the common playlist view on Android.

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Last week, Google rolled out its initial set of iOS 16 Lock Screen widgets, and YouTube Music is now the latest iPhone app to introduce a pair.

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YouTube Music Stories October 11

When YouTube Music was updated to support the new Android 13 media controls, some complained about losing the ability to quickly like songs. The Google streaming service is now bringing back that functionality.

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YouTube Music Stories September 29

YouTube Music’s audio-only mode: How to stop music videos from playing

YouTube Music is a good combination of audio and video, with music straight from YouTube’s huge backlog of content. Sometimes, you might want to dive in with audio-only mode, which can dramatically reduce your data usage when listening. This guide will take you through the process.

After making it easy to “Save” your queue as a playlist, YouTube Music’s Autoplay is testing suggestion chips to customize the queue.

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YouTube Music Stories September 26

Earlier this year, YouTube Music redesigned its playlist and album views for tablets, but now it looks to be opting for a different interface on phones as part of a series of tweaks that add Material You buttons across the Android app.

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YouTube Music Stories September 22

YouTube Music for Android bug keeps your screen on [U: Fixed]

A recent bug with the YouTube Music app on Android keeps your display on, regardless of the set screen timeout interval.

YouTube Music Stories September 15

YouTube ML turns landscape video ads into Short-friendly vertical ones

YouTube Shorts are a big focus for the video platform and Google wants to make it easier for businesses to create vertical video ads.

YouTube Music Stories September 14

Music is a big part of vertical Shorts, and YouTube is now rolling out a new integration between the two.

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YouTube Music Stories September 9

Following Snapchat back in March, YouTube Music is rolling out the ability to share songs and other works (with cover art) to Instagram Stories.

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YouTube Music Stories August 31

YouTube Music is significantly redesigning its Library tab on Android and iOS with a focus on making it faster to start playing content.

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YouTube Music Stories August 26

One way YouTube Music offers recommendations is by knowing your precise location, but that’s going to stop next month.

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Following the inaugural seasonal recap in June, YouTube Music today is beginning to roll out the Summer edition.

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YouTube Music Stories August 14

YouTube Music widely rolled out a redesign of its Now Playing screen on Android in June of 2020, brought it to the iPhone over a year later, and this UI is now appearing on the iPad.

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YouTube Music Stories August 6

In recent days, YouTube Music has more widely rolled out support for Android 12’s media recommendations feature that prominently surfaces recent albums and playlists to start immediate playback.

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YouTube Music Stories August 5

Around May, YouTube Music for Android and iOS redesigned “Listen again” as a fantastic compact grid and is now letting you find even more past songs, albums, artists, and playlists. 

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YouTube Music Stories July 30

One of YouTube Music’s best features is access to the YouTube library of fan covers, live performances recorded by concertgoers, and more. YouTube Music is now surfacing these “Other performances” right from Now Playing.

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YouTube Music Stories July 26

Back in June, YouTube Music rolled out a playlist and album view redesign to tablets, and the former is now starting to appear on Android phones.

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YouTube Music Stories July 22

YouTube Music tests ‘Dynamic queue’ that changes as you listen

After rolling out support for Android 13’s redesigned media controls, YouTube Music this week is also testing a “Dynamic queue.”

YouTube Music Stories July 20

A sleep timer to pause playback after a specified increment is in the works for YouTube Music. This has been a long requested feature, especially since Google Play Music offered one ages ago.

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YouTube Music Stories July 19

One of the major visual changes in Android 13 is a redesign of media controls, and YouTube Music has just been updated to support the new style.

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YouTube Music Stories July 11

How to upload your own music to YouTube Music

YouTube Music is a vast service that covers tons of genres, playlists, and albums from thousands of artists around the world. That being said, there will be some times when you can’t quite find the track you’re looking for. Fortunately, YouTube Music lets you upload your own music to keep with you in your account. Here’s how to do that.

YouTube Music Stories July 2

A big pain point of Google’s current streaming service for some is the lack of basic music-app features. Multi-select in list views has been one such absence, but YouTube Music is now rolling out that functionality.

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YouTube Music Stories June 30

As announced at I/O 2022, Google is optimizing its Android apps for tablets and other large screen devices. YouTube Music playlists have already seen a redesign and that UI is now coming to the album view.

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YouTube Music Stories June 24

Personalized playlists based on listening history are a big part of YouTube Music, and the app is now giving users a quick way to view every “Mixed for you” creation available to them through a grid view.

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YouTube Music Stories June 17

In addition to a new “Add to playlist” UI for mobile, YouTube Music is testing “Recommended radios.” Compared to radio stations generated from a single song, this new offering looks to be compiled from multiple influences.

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YouTube Music Stories June 15

YouTube Music finally began offering an extensive year-in-review summary at the end of 2021, and now looks to be rolling out Spring Recap ’22. 

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YouTube Music Stories June 11

Google’s list of YouTube Music features launched in April and May is now available. We’ve already covered the major changes, but there are several smaller YouTube Music tweaks to the radio and shuffle.  

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YouTube Music Stories June 10

YouTube Music highlights your ‘Forgotten favorites’ and tweaks web carousels

The latest updates to YouTube Music sees the web client tweak carousels and how you navigate them, while the service is trying a “Forgotten favorites” shelf to highlight your past listens.

YouTube Music Stories June 7

YouTube Music was one of the Android apps that Google said would get tablet optimizations at I/O 2022, and the redesigned playlist interface is now live. 

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YouTube Music Stories May 30

More than other streaming services, YouTube Music is defined by its algorithmic suggestions on what to listen to next. This feature is great in the Up Next queue but downright annoying in the Home feed. YouTube Music constantly juggles the order, if not the outright appearance, of carousels from one refresh to the next.

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At the start of this year, YouTube Music updated its Home feed for tablets and promised that more UI optimizations are coming, especially for playlists. One smaller change sees YouTube Music offer an improved settings layout on Android.

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YouTube Music Stories May 28

Google Play betas for YouTube Music, TV, Google News, Clock, and Play Books disabled [U]

Like the main Android client, Google is now offering Play Store betas for YouTube Music and TV to presumably test new features ahead of time.

YouTube Music Stories May 25

Google’s Cast standard has been around for quite some time and, at this point, it’s not uncommon for someone to own a hefty handful of compatible speakers and displays. To help surface the device you might be looking for, Google appears to be testing “Suggested” Cast devices.

Update: This post has been updated to reflect new details from Google.

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YouTube Music Stories May 19

In addition to a new Recently Played tile, YouTube Music for Wear OS will soon let you stream songs over data/cellular instead of having to download songs, albums, or playlists ahead of time. 

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YouTube Music Stories May 13

Since 2019, the main YouTube app has offered to open song videos in YouTube Music, but this integration is now getting much more prominent.

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As we previously spotted, YouTube Music’s ‘Recently Played’ Wear OS tile is now available to let you quickly start listening to a previous album/song on your watch.

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YouTube Music Stories May 8

Playlists are undoubtedly a big part of YouTube Music’s discovery angle, and Google is now testing a big UI redesign for them on mobile.

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YouTube Music Stories May 5

Since its inception in 2015 (and the 2018 relaunch), YouTube Music has only ever offered a dark theme, but the Android and iOS apps are now adding a splash of color to liven things up.

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YouTube Music Stories May 1

YouTube Music is breaking up the visual monotony of the Home feed on Android and iOS with a new grid design for the “Listen again” shelf.

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YouTube Music Stories April 25

In April of 2020, YouTube Music replaced “Hotlist” with the “Explore” tab. A small addition that’s presented as a new way to access Explore more or less obviates its position in the bottom bar.

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YouTube Music Stories April 21

The automatically curated My Mix section sometimes labeled “Mixed for you” in YouTube Music appears to be getting updated cover art for some users.

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YouTube Music Stories April 19

YouTube Music smart downloads drop the lightning for some sparkles

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.

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