YouTube Music has reportedly started showing users a “Recommended Radios” tab in the mobile app. However, the new feature appears to be currently in testing and is only visible to a limited number of users. YouTube Music already has a radio feature that generates playlists based on individual songs. The new feature appears on the home screen and the radio stations change with each stream refresh. When opened, the radio station on YouTube Music shows the playlist and has a description that the playlist is endless.
The new “Recommended Radios” tab was reported on Reddit by u/Fuyou_lilienthal_yu, as spotted by 9to5Google. The new tab appears on the home screen of mobile apps, but users will have to scroll a bit to find it. The new tab for YouTube Music shows 10 radio stations with cover art that has radio waveforms in the background with a photo of the artist or album art and the YouTube Music logo in the corner upper left. There can be up to three artists or album art in the radio station art.
Radio stations change repeatedly with each stream refresh. Essentially, it works the same way as Spotify’s radio playlists – song or artist – which also refresh each time they’re opened. YouTube Music radio stations can be named after an artist or genre. They are also sometimes accompanied by the decade – 1990s, 2000s, 2010s or others. They may also have other descriptions such as Deep Cuts, Popular, Downbeat, Familiar, or others.
According to a screenshot shared by the publication, radio station covers can also sometimes show other artists they feature. An example shared in the report mentions that a playlist – Pop Radio – Deep Cuts – features artists like Concorde, Vampire Weekend and Mr Little Jeans. When a user opens the radio station, it opens as a playlist – instead of autoplaying – and has a description that reads “Endless music personalized for you. Always updating.” Users will also have the option to “add to library” and download the playlist to their device.
According to the report, YouTube’s music player update started rolling out to users last week, but only reached a few. It should have a wider deployment gradually. The new “Recommended Radios” tab was not appearing for Gadgets 360 at the time of writing.
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