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YouTube music to auto download 500 songs for users, main app to allow more control over suggestions

With an extended offline mixtape feature, YouTube Music would now automatically download up to 500 songs based on users’ likes and listening history for offline listening.

This new version of the mixtape feature is called ‘smart downloads’ and the selection would download songs from users’ Liked Songs playlist, other favourite playlists and albums, The Verge reported on Wednesday.

As part of the feature, users would be able to set a limit for how much music smart downloads would pull down and the process only happens at night, when the phone is connected to Wi-Fi.

As of now, elaborated roll-out details of this feature remain unclear.

Other apps including video-streaming platform Netflix are also moving into this lane.

Netflix’s smart downloads feature lets users save the next episode of whatever’s being watched and automatically delete episodes users have already finished.

YouTube has also decided to give users more control over their Home page and Up Next videos.

As part of the changes, YouTube would now let users explore more topics and related videos on their Home page and in Up Next videos and it removes suggestions from the channels users which they do not want to watch and learn about.

“One thing we’ve consistently heard from you is that you want more control over what videos appear on your home page and in Up Next suggestions. So we’re doing more to put you in the driver’s seat,” Essam El-Dardiry, Product Manager, YouTube wrote in a blog post on Wednesday.

This change is rolling out soon and would be made available for Android, iOS and desktop users.

Lately, YouTube has been testing several new features to help users to engage better with the platform.

Earlier in March, YouTube Music made the second big debut of the global music streaming giant in India after Swedish platform Spotify made its way into the country in May.

Within the first week of its launch in India. the app had hit the three million downloads mark.

Earlier in May, between YouTube Music and Google Play Music, Google crossed the 15 million global subscribers mark. Also in May, the platform began testing shopping links under YouTube videos displaying product prices and recommendations under videos playing on the site, making it easier for viewers to buy them on Google.

Source: Livemint