YouTube Music adds the ability to download songs on desktop for offline listening experience

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YouTube Music is finally allowing desktop users to download songs for offline listening. So far, the feature was only available to the Android and iOS apps. However, the latest update brings the functionality to the web, adding the convenience of offline listening for YouTube Premium members who access YouTube Music via the website.

First spotted by 9to5Google, the new feature has started rolling out to everyone. The downloaded music tracks can be accessed through a separate tab on the YouTube Music site. Let’s get into the details.

YouTube Music: Offline listening on desktop

YouTube Music is informing users about the new offline listening experience for desktop via a message on its website. When you open the YouTube Music website, you will see a “New! Download music to listen offline” message on the screen in the sidebar. You can click it to access the Downloads tab alongside the primary Library layout.

The option to download a music track appears alongside Like and other options. You can click the downloading indicator in the bottom left corner of the screen to save the file for offline listening. You can then head over to Library > Downloads on the YouTube Music website to access all your saved files, ready for offline play.

Just like the YouTube Music app, you can choose to download single music tracks or entire albums, playlists, or podcasts on the website. Notably, downloads remain available as long as your desktop has an active internet connection at least once every 30 days. This requirement also exists on the YouTube Music app as well as the standard YouTube app.

Recently, a leak tipped that YouTube Music was working to add an advanced song search feature to the YouTube Music app. The said feature is expected to allow users to find a song by humming its tune, playing it on another device, or singing it themselves. Users will soon see a new “Song” icon next to the “Voice” search button next to the search bar. The latter works just like usual speech-to-text query, while the new feature will allow users to find songs when they can’t seem to recall the name of the song or want to identify a song played by someone else.

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