YouTube Music is expanding its Offline Mixtape feature with a more thorough version that now & # 39; smart downloads & # 39; is called. When you enable smart downloads, the app automatically downloads up to 500 songs that you can listen to anywhere – whether or not you have a data connection.
That selection includes the Offline Mixtape (a playlist with 100 songs based on your listening history) and "songs from your playlist with fun songs and your other favorite playlists and albums." You can set a limit for how much music smart downloads will remove, and the process only happens at night and when your phone is connected to Wi-Fi. YouTube gave me an example of what this might look like for the average user: "Offline Mixtape, Pop Hotlist, playlist summer 2019, Kacey Musgraves album." So it's enough to get you stuck for a few hours without the ability to stream tunes.
I'm not sure who really needs an app to download so much music. And I am too large a control freak to trust an algorithm to fill that list. Just because I was listening to something does not mean that I want to hear this during a flight or during my daily commute, so I stick to the manual.
But smart downloads can be useful if you forget to save music for offline listening until it's too late. Other apps, including Netflix, also go to this job; The smart downloads from Netflix can now save the next episode of whatever you're viewing, so it's ready for use right away and it automatically removes episodes you've already completed.
Unfortunately, YouTube still cannot indicate exactly when user libraries will be migrated from Google Play Music to YouTube Music. I asked a spokesperson for a status update on this afternoon and I have yet to hear again. Yesterday I noticed that Google Play Music has been updated to address a bug on iOS 13, so there must be enough people who still use it to make that solution a priority. We know that between the two services, Google has more than 15 million paying subscribers. I can't make the switch to YouTube Music until all my stuff appears there and I know there are other people in the same boat, so I'll keep asking.