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YouTube Music update: Artist subscriptions moving to Official Artist Channels

The new feature allows you to watch a music video in the middle of listening to a song without losing your place.

Published onJuly 30, 2019

YouTube Music update - YouTube Music app icon on an Android smartphone

Update, July 30, 2019 (02:00PM EST): Today, YouTube Music announced a change to handles artist channels and related subscriptions.

If an artist you follow has an Official Artist Channel and you’re subscribed to their partner-provided or topic artist channel, you’ll be automatically subscribed to their Official Artist Channel. Also, you’ll get notifications from the Official Artist Channel.

Official Artist Channels combine content and subscriptions from multiple channels into one.

That means your subscriptions to an artist’s partner-provided or topic artist channel will be inactive. You can still search for the aforementioned channels, but you can no longer subscribe to them.

Previous YouTube Music updates:

Seamless switching from music to music videos

July 18, 2019: Google is introducing a new toggle to seamlessly switch between listening to a song and watching its corresponding official music video. By hitting the new toggle switch, YouTube will switch to the music-only version of that track and remember your song position so you don’t lose your spot. You can swap back and forth like this as much as you like.

As a nice bonus, YouTube Music skips over the intro of a music video for an uninterrupted listening experience.

YouTube Music launched in India

March 12, 2019: Hot on the heels of the launch of Spotify, Google is introducing YouTube Music (and YouTube Premium) in India. The monthly subscription fee for YouTube Music in the region is 99 rupees (~$1.39).

YouTube Music and Google Home integration expanded

March 8, 2019: Google has expanded the availability of YouTube Music and Google Home integration. You can see the full list of 14 countries here.

YouTube Music Sonos support

January 30, 2019: Google has announced that YouTube Music is now available to play on all Sonos speakers.

So long as you have either a YouTube Music Premium or YouTube Premium subscription, you can play your entire YouTube Music library through the Sonos Controller app. You also have access to YouTube Music’s “recommended” listening suggestions, new releases, YouTube Charts, and the “Your Mixtape” personalized playlist.

YouTube Charts

December 13, 2018: Google has announced a new feature for YouTube Music called YouTube Charts, which allows you to see rankings of songs and music videos both locally and globally.

YouTube Music is currently supported in 29 territories, and each market will have its own set of charts. In addition to these localized charts, there will be additional global charts which will be the same across all territories.

Each chart gives you a better idea of what’s popular and trending. Here are the charts:

  • Top 100 Songs: The most played songs on YouTube —There are two versions of this chart: local and global.
  • Top 100 Music Videos: The most viewed music videos — As before, there are global and local versions of this chart.
  • Top 20 Trending — This chart is specific to your local territory only.

YouTube Music student plans

November 27, 2018: Students in the U.S. can now take advantage of discounted YouTube Music plans. Full-time students and those at accredited colleges and universities can get YouTube Music Premium for $4.99 and YouTube Premium (which includes YouTube Music Premium) for $6.99.

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