Custom YouTube music playlists are available for all users

The new personalized YouTube Music playlists are now available to users around the world. Today, YouTube introduced its Discover Mix, New Release Mix, and Your Mix. Playlists will organize your favorite songs, new releases, and unreleased tracks from your favorite artists, plus others you might like.

A few months ago, Discover Mix appeared on the YouTube Music app, but YouTube has kept quiet about its plans for the curated list. Today he confirmed that Discover Mix will deliver 50 tracks each week, with updates every Wednesday. These tracks will include songs from new artists you’ve never heard, as well as lesser-known songs from your favorite musicians.

The New Release Mix will bring together new music from your favorite artists and others that YouTube’s algorithms think you’ll like. Most new songs will hit the chart on Fridays, but mid-week releases will keep the selection fresh.

A third playlist, Your Mix, is for those times when you want tried-and-true favorites to sing along to. It will be full of songs from artists you know, along with some songs and artists you may not have heard before. YouTube says small updates, done regularly, will keep the list from becoming obsolete.

Mixes mimic playlists from other streaming services. Discover Mix seems to be YouTube’s opposite to Spotify’s Discover Weekly, and YouTube’s New Release Mix looks a lot like Spotify’s Release Radar. As Engadget’s Steve Dent previously wrote, Spotify may have more paying subscribers than YouTube Music, but YouTube Music has a lot more software engineers. This could give the streaming service an edge. YouTube says this is “just the start of even more personalized YouTube music.”

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George L. Hernandez