YouTube Music Introduces Offline Downloads for Desktop Users

Great news for music lovers who use YouTube Music on their computers! The popular streaming service is rolling out a new feature that allows desktop users to download songs, albums, and playlists for offline listening.
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This means you can enjoy your favorite tunes even when you don't have an internet connection, perfect for commutes, flights, or anywhere you might find yourself without a signal.

Downloading Your Music for Offline Playback:

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The update makes downloading music on YouTube Music a breeze for desktop users. Here's what you need to know:
  • Spotting the Feature: Look for a banner that says "New! Download music to listen offline" next to the Library tab on the left sidebar when you open YouTube Music on your desktop browser.
  • Accessing Downloads: Once you click the banner, a new "Downloads" tab will appear alongside your existing Library. This is where you'll find all your downloaded music.
  • Downloading Files: To download individual songs, albums, or playlists, simply find the content you want and click the download button. You'll see a "Downloading" indicator in the bottom left corner until the download is complete.

Keeping Your Downloads Active:

There's one important thing to keep in mind: Downloaded music on YouTube Music requires your device to have an active internet connection at least once every 30 days. This is a standard requirement, just like on the mobile app, to ensure your account remains active.

More Than Just Offline Listening:

This update comes alongside reports that YouTube Music is also rolling out a feature from the YouTube mobile app: song search by humming. This handy tool lets you hum or sing a melody to find a song you can't remember the name or lyrics of.

By adding offline listening and song search by humming, YouTube Music is making its desktop experience more convenient and user-friendly for music fans who enjoy listening on their computers.