YouTube Music has enhanced the radio algorithm to display more artists, as well as incorporated Family OS and Wear OS Shuffle functions. The new features are on Google’s list of YouTube Music updates for February and March. Upon picking a song from the search results, only that song will be played. YouTube Music has restricted Family listening to a new shelf, and the Listen Again shelf will no longer display duplicates. Additionally, the YouTube Music Wear OS app now supports random playback of all downloaded music. According to a recent rumor, YouTube is allegedly planning to increase podcast consumption on its platform.
The added YouTube Music enhancements are on Google’s list of YouTube Music updates for February and March. YouTube Music has altered the “back-end logic that nominates the music that appears” in Song Radio in order to “boost artist variety in these playlists.” This implies that selecting a song from search results will no longer generate a radio station in addition to that song. You can continue to enable Autoplay from the Up Next queue.
Additionally, YouTube Music has restricted Family listening to a new family shelf. The family shelf has a customized Family Mix and additional playlists. In addition, YouTube Music’s Listen Again shelf for smart televisions and gaming consoles will no longer display duplicates. The Listen Again shelf will now contain a “greater quantity of results.”
In addition to ordered play and playlist shuffles, the YouTube Music Wear OS app now also allows you to randomly play all of your downloaded music.
A previous report also said that YouTube has ambitions to compete with Apple and Spotify in the podcasting market. An 84-page document that supposedly outlines the company’s road map has allegedly been leaked. It is believed that the document is designed for podcast publishers. According to this leaked document, YouTube is rumored to be planning to enhance its podcast consumption capabilities. Additionally, a new podcast homepage with a familiar YouTube look is anticipated.