YouTube Music Now Supports Custom Offline Playlists
Google updated its YouTube Music application recently and made it possible for users to create their own playlists for offline listening. Before the update, YouTube Music would create mixtape for subscribers using its own algorithms — subscribers could not pick and choose individual songs or albums for offline playback. Now, users can select songs or videos and create their own list of tunes to listen to when the device is offline. YouTube Music is a separate music video-focused application. Offline playback requires a $10 monthly subscription fee, but is included at no extra cost to those who subscribe to YouTube Red or Google Play Music.
YouTube Music App Launches for Android and iOS
YouTube's stand-alone music app is now available for download. The app includes a home tab for recommended artists, as well as user-configurable stations based on individual tastes.
Google to Merge Google Play Music and YouTube Red
Google plans to shake up its music offering and ad-free video service, according to statements made by Lyor Cohen, the head of Google Play Music. As it stands today, Google Play Music is available to a single person for $10 per month and families for $15 per month.
Apple Music for Android Can Store Songs on Memory Cards
Apple updated its Apple Music application for Android devices and added the ability for users to store music on microSD cards for offline playback. This is chiefly important for devices that have limited on-board storage.
Pandora Spins a New Tune with Video Ads to Unlock Premium Sessions
Pandora today rolled out a new way to enjoy streaming music on mobile devices. Moving forward, people who use Pandora's free, ad-supported service will be able to listen to a specific song, album, or playlist after viewing a 15-second video ad.