YouTube Enables Offline Music Downloads for Desktop Users

By Consultants Review Team Monday, 01 April 2024

YouTube Music is adding offline downloads to its web app, thereby broadening its selection. This capability was previously limited to mobile devices—iOS and Android, in particular. It is now being implemented on the web platform to improve user experience.

Google has reportedly been testing offline downloads for its music streaming service on the web app, according to a recent report by 9to5Google. Although the functionality has been tested for some time, there has just been a noticeable larger deployment. Users may now download music for offline listening, as indicated by a notification that appears next to the Library tab. It's possible that not everyone can see the feature yet, but some users have apparently noticed a notice next to their Library tab that says, "New! To listen to music offline, download it.

It's interesting to note that the latest version gives the YouTube Music web app its long-needed offline download feature. This will be especially helpful for those who mostly use desktop or laptop computers to access the service. It improves accessibility and convenience by doing away with the requirement to rely exclusively on the smartphone app for offline listening.

But there are a few important things to remember. Although offline podcast and music downloads are probably available to YouTube Premium users, it's not clear if this functionality also applies to non-subscribers for podcasts.

Additionally, this update shows Google's continued dedication to enhancing YouTube Music. YouTube Music meets a greater range of user demands by extending its capability beyond mobile devices, regardless of the customer's preference for desktops or mobile devices.

Furthermore, the growth of offline downloads is consistent with Google's decision to end its podcast service entirely. After podcasts in YouTube Music are released globally on April 2, Google Podcasts will be phased away. With the goal of improving the podcasting experience on YouTube Music, YouTube is investing in fan and podcaster-only features. It's advised that Google Podcasts users move their data to YouTube Music or look into alternative podcast programs. Please be aware that only US customers are presently affected by this change.

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