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Youtube Music Introduces a ‘Downloads’ App Shortcut for Android

Yusuf Balogun
Yusuf Balogun
Yusuf is a law graduate and freelance journalist with a keen interest in tech reporting.

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After removing the useful “Offline Mixtape” app shortcut in July last year, the American online music streaming and social media platform, YouTube Music, has now introduced a new “Downloads” app shortcut as a more comprehensive replacement for Android.

The newly introduced Downloads feature is available for all Android users. As for Android, long-pressing the YouTube Music icon brings up a new “Downloads” app shortcut.

Instead of only the “Offline Mixtape” auto playlist built by Smart downloads, touching initiates shuffled play across all of your downloads. This appears to include any individual tracks/albums/playlists you’ve saved for offline listening.

It may be dragged to the home screen like other program shortcuts. This is by far the quickest way to start random playback, especially if you’re not connected to the internet. It’s a lot easier than going to the “Downloads” page by hand.

The “Downloads” shortcut is visible in YouTube Music for Android versions 4.63 and 4.64. It looks to have been widely disseminated out via a server-side upgrade in recent days.

The shortcut to “Play Offline Mixtape” was never removed from the iOS app, which was recently upgraded to include outline-style icons in the bottom bar, Library tab, and Now Playing screen.

YouTube Music is an American online music streaming service created by Google’s YouTube division. It offers a customized interface for the service that is geared for music streaming, letting users search for songs and music videos on YouTube using genres, playlists, and recommendations.


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