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YouTube Music’s offline mode just got a whole lot better

YouTube Music users have been able to listen to tracks offline in a limited capacity for some time, but that’s just changed.

Until now, users had to rely on Offline Mixtape to listen without an internet connection – a feature that provides a random list of songs based on listening history.

It was a clunky and disappointing offline offering from the service, but now YouTube Music has finally added support for offline playlists and individual songs.

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It’s a feature many have been waiting for since launch, and will likely go a long way to helping YouTube Music compete in the increasingly tough music streaming market.

The new offline feature works in much the same way as YouTube’s equivalent video feature, with a tap on the three-dot Menu icon next to songs, playlists, or albums, now bringing up the option to ‘Save Offline’.

You’ll then be able to choose whether you want to save the audio only, or the SD or HD video (when applicable).

iOS users will also be able to swipe left on a song in a playlist to bring up the option to save for offline listening.

Once you’ve amassed a good amount of offline tracks, you can access them by tapping your profile photo and tapping ‘Offline’.

Unfortunately, you have to set the download quality at a generic level, rather than being able to choose different qualities for different songs, but that’s a minor niggle.

 

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