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Editors' Review

YouTube is a great, free repository for hard-to-find songs and music videos. However, you often have to dig through unrelated videos to find the one you're looking for, and you have to contend with annoying ads. YouTube Music improves that experience, making it a contender among popular streaming services like Pandora and Spotify.


Choose your own adventure: Upon launching YouTube Music, you'll see a homepage showcasing a variety of stations, including My Station, an endless stream of music that you'll presumably like, based on your YouTube viewing habits. Tap the fire symbol on the top rail to see new or buzzy videos. Tap the thumbs-up icon to see songs, videos, and playlists that you've liked.

Playing Now or Explore: Within a playlist, you can either let it run its course or, if a particular artist piques your interest, tap Explore to uncover alternate versions, other music from the artist, or related artists. We found that related artists are right on the money.

Control variety: Tap the slider icon at the top of Artist stations to increase or decrease variety in your playlist.

Liking, disliking, and sharing: Like a song, video, or playlist by tapping the thumbs-up button beneath it. This places it in your Liked music folder and also helps YouTube Music improve its future recommendations. Conversely, giving anything a thumbs-down removes it from your playlists. You can also share your favorite songs over SMS, email, and social media.

Free 14-day trial of YouTube Red: YouTube is offering a free trial of its new premium subscription service, YouTube Red. You can experience ad-free videos and music across YouTube, listen to videos in audio mode so that they load faster, save videos and songs on your device to play offline, and keep your videos playing while using other apps or with your screen off. YouTube Red works across mobile, desktop, and compatible TVs. If you choose to start a subscription, it'll run you $12.99 per month. That's $3 more than competing music streaming apps, but it's worth it if watch a lot of YouTube and want the Red benefits wherever you watch.


Some poor recommendations: Artists that we've played before kept popping up, but just because you've played an artist doesn't mean that you like them. YouTube says that recommendations improve with continued use.

Poor playlist flow: In our tests, the playlists were often not very fluid, with disparate songs placed too close together.

Buttons aren't always obvious: During testing, there were certain buttons that we just couldn't figure out.

No swiping gestures: Unlike Spotify and other competing apps, YouTube Music doesn't support swiping gestures, making on-the-go usage more challenging.

Offline mixtape: We thought that the Offline Mixtape feature, through which YouTube Music selects 20 tracks to save on your device, seemed promising. Unfortunately, it just combined a list of songs that were in My Station and some of the other suggested stations that we had recently played. Some of the songs we liked, some we didn't, and many didn't go together.

Bottom Line

YouTube Music is off to a great start by streamlining the way we experience music on YouTube. But the app needs to improve its recommendations, playlist orders, and navigation before it can compete with the music streaming giants like Pandora and Spotify.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 1.92

We update our app all the time in order to make your YouTube Music experience better. We polished a few things, fixed bugs, and made some performance improvements.

Publisher Google
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Release Date October 10, 2017
Date Added October 10, 2017
Version 1.92
Category Entertainment Software
Subcategory Music Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems iOS
Additional Requirements Compatible with: iPad2Wifi, iPad23G, iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini, iPadMini4G, iPhone5c, iPhone5s, iPadAir, iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6, iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro, iPadProCellular, iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE, iPhone7, iPhone7Plus, iPad611, iPad612, iPad71, iPad72, iPad73, iPad74
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