YouTube Music is adding a new option for discovering new songs and artists. While it already has recommendation features, this new option combines the work of YouTube’s algorithm with content from other users.
New options for discovering music on YouTube Music
YouTube Music already has several functions dedicated to music recommendations in different scenarios. For example, when you open the app you find tags to choose music for workouts, concentration, traveling, etc. Or you can search for music by moods and genres, or take a look at playlists created in news.
And now Google is going for more with a discovery feature with suggestions of playlists you might be interested in based on some criteria. As mentioned in Android Central, these recommended playlists combine those generated by YouTube’s algorithm with those created by other users and shared publicly. Of course, always taking into account your preferences.
These new recommendations are displayed at the bottom of the playlist. So when you finish playing all the songs in your playlist, you can choose to continue listening to similar music based on the recommendations.
It’s a similar dynamic to what Spotify presents with “Recommended Songs” with suggestions based on the songs in the playlist you’ve created in your library. But in the case of YouTube Music, it adds that social component of including content generated by other users.
Of course, all these recommendations will improve as you use the service more and make it clear what your preferences are in artists, genres, and types of playlists. But it can also be a good start if you want to discover new artists within the type of music you like without having to go through the search engine.
This new recommendation system seems to be already being implemented both in the YouTube Music apps and in the web version.