Google recently announced a major upgrade to YouTube Music. Now, users will be able to download songs, albums and playlists for offline listening. This is not the first time that users can download music on YouTube Music, though. Previously, users could download music through the offline mixtape feature. This was automatically created based on your listening history, and it meant that you had little control over what you downloaded.
Now, saving songs for offline listening is much easier. All you need to do is tap on the menu icon next to a song, album or playlist, then tap on Save Offline. You will get a notification asking if you want to save the video or audio. If you want to save the video, you can choose between SD and HD. On iOS, simply swipe left on the song, album or playlist, then tap on the offline button. Then to access your offline music, tap on your profile photo and hit the offline button.
This is a great feature, as it makes listening to music offline even more convenient. However, this feature should have been included before now. Google confirmed that Google Play Music would be merging with YouTube Music a while ago. However, it isn’t clear when the two services will combine. But then, this move suggests that Google is working to make the experience the same across both services before the merge takes place.
It does make sense to combine both services. Subscribing to one automatically gets you a subscription to the other, and combining them will simply make things much easier for other users. It is also not certain yet how the merger will be handled. It is possible that Google Music will simply absorb YouTube Music, or it could be the other way round. Also, there is the possibly that a totally new service will be created to house the features of both services.