Music Streaming Service Tests Out New Feature Allowing You To Find Offline Downloads
In addition to testing a ‘Library’ filter, YouTube Music is rumoured to be getting a ‘Downloads’ tab in search, likely on the back of criticism surrounding how the music streaming service handles content stored offline.
YouTube Music tests search filter that lets you find offline 'Downloads' https://t.co/jMk4a5e9ff
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Currently, downloaded content (songs, albums and playlists) can be found in a dedicated view from the ‘Library’ tab. Whilst the service gives users a ‘Recent Activity’ carousel, a ‘Shuffle all’ option and a ‘Play Offline Mixtape’ shortcut, these downloads cannot be easily organised.
With this new ‘Downloads’ filter – spotted by a Reddit user – users should be able to refine their search results, with the media grouped into “Songs” and “Albums.”
Testing has only begun; it is not currently clear whether YouTube will ultimately opt for Downloads, Library or both search filters.
What is clear is that Google has made a concerted effort to enhance the search experience for YouTube Music users, from making UI tweaks to quickening the time taken to start play songs.
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