YouTube Music, now with audio quality controls

YouTube Music, now with audio quality controls
YouTube is one of the most viewed websites on the planet; and, by far, the most popular video platform today; so it's not surprising that millions and millions of users turn to him every day to listen to music.

It is the default platform for music videos, especially viral music videos like This is America and Girls Like You; and it's also a place to find any song, remix, mashup or fan cover that you could want. Whether you're looking for lyrics for a song before the karaoke night, music to sleep or a new remix to play at your next party, YouTube has what you're looking for.

Now, YouTube is ready to make another career in a music application built on its video empire with YouTube Music. It is a music application with a truly unique interface, an unmatched selection, and more than a couple of drawbacks to solve; but YouTube Music is here to stay and here to compete.

Audio quality controls

YouTube Music has been waiting for a number of features; although none more impatiently as audio quality controls. YouTube Music has an incredible selection, but so far it has been stuck at 128kbps. Today, YouTube Music has eliminated audio quality controls for Android and iOS applications. Apparently as a server-side update, since they appeared without an update of the application in the YouTube Music application on my Galaxy S9+. There are audio quality settings in three places:

  1. General: audio quality in the mobile network: low, normal, high, always high
  2. General: audio quality in Wi-Fi: low, normal, high, always high
  3. Downloads: Audio quality - Low, Normal, High

"If you transmit in Normal quality, you will get AAC of 128kbps as your bit rate. For premium subscribers, we offer High quality that is AAC of 256kbps. If you have flaky network connectivity or want to save data, you can change to low quality which is 48kbps HE-AAC. 256kbps AAC is equivalent in audio quality to the 320kbps CBR mp3 that we had for GPM, but you use less data. At this moment we do not have any plan for an audio quality higher than 256kbps. Our offers would require us to charge more to transmit FLAC; so at this point we focus on improving performance instead of admitting lossless transmission." YouTube Music Product Manager Brandon Bilinski.

YouTube Music will make biweekly updates

YouTube Music committed to make biweekly updates in early August and greater transparency; but 6 weeks after leaving and it seems that very little has changed.

There are still many questions revolving around the renewed music service; and to help quell concerns, the YouTube Music product team held a question and answer session on Friday morning at 9:30 a.m. PT.

Users sent their questions to the team during the official YouTube Music Help forum event; especially about the migration of Google Play Music to YouTube, the compatibility with Android Auto and library classification options; which are two features that the YouTube Music team said would come "in the coming months" in July.

YouTube Music Premium expands to 4 more countries

As the launch of YouTube Music Premium continues, it has now been confirmed that the service is available in four additional countries. Specifically, Belgium, Denmark, Luxembourg and the Netherlands!

Like other parts of Europe where YouTube Music Premium is available, the service costs € 9.99/month and 99 crowns/month in Denmark.

YouTube Music reconfirms some features

YouTube Music product manager Elias Román tells Engaget that the service plans to send updates to the service every two weeks. Among the changes confirmed by Roman:

  1. An album rating option beyond the recently added one
  2. An option in the drop-down menu to filter the players you follow on YouTube Music from the main source of YouTube Subscriptions
  3. Low/medium/high audio quality settings for transmission and downloads (within a few weeks)

Roman was also quoted as saying that "we are not focused on exclusives. We do not believe that exclusives are good for the industry or good for consumers." This makes sense for YouTube Music since everything available on YouTube Music for paid users as free; which would make the exclusives available to everyone.

Google will close YouTube Gaming

Google will close YouTube Gaming
YouTube Gaming is undoubtedly far from the company's expectations when approaching the videogame streaming market.

Now, Google has confirmed that, in its search to redirect the initial approach, it will close the independent application and the YouTube Gaming website and integrate its features in the YouTube that we all know.

And, since its birth back in 2015, YouTube Gaming has suffered the competition of streaming services such as Twitch but, above all, YouTube itself. In the words of Ryan Wyatt, director of gaming content and partnerships, "we have 200 million people who enter and view content related to video games every day. But honestly, most do not use the YouTube Gaming app. "

And, as Wyatt himself says, content related to video games is an essential part of what is published and broadcast on YouTube; Over the last twelve months, more than 50,000 million hours have been broadcast live; and, in the last quarter, more than half a million streamers have passed through the platform. Thus, after a brief stage of growth and popularity, YouTube Gaming was deflated at the time that the creators made the leap to Twitch or, for convenience, they returned to traditional YouTube.

YouTube Gaming, however, implemented interesting features that made the leap to the main platform: paid subscriptions to the different channels, accompanied by certain benefits, inherited from Twitch or the Super Chat, messages accompanied by donations that appear highlighted in the conversation Live.

Now, Google has confirmed that other features such as videogame pages and the section that highlights incipient creators will also be implemented on YouTube.

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