YouTube Music Launches Video Switching

Ruben Fields
July 19, 2019

Starting today, YouTube Premium and YouTube Music Premium subscribers can seamlessly switch between audio and video.

The new feature is available on the latest version of YouTube Music on Android and iOS. "[There are] no pauses, no interruptions, just a simple transition that keeps the music flowing". If you're a YouTube Music subscriber, you'll now be able to switch between audio-only tracks and music videos at will.

The coolest thing is, that when you switch from audio to video or vice versa in the middle of the song, it will jump to the corresponding point in the video mode.

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YouTube might be the world's most popular video hosting service (by far), but its eponymous music streaming app doesn't exactly look like a fierce rival for market leaders Spotify and Apple Music. yet. According to the company, it has 'perfectly time-matched' over five million official music videos to their respective audio tracks, which means there won't be any lag or repetition irrespective of how often users flip back and forth between the two. I got halfway through the title of a new post to the YouTube Blog that read, "YouTube Music now lets listeners switch..." and began raising my hands in the air, only to be disappointed by the finish. In other words, instead of switching to music video playback on a song-by-song basis, now you can toggle it for all playback.

YouTube Music may still not have access to your uploaded tracks from Google Play Music, but at least you don't have to put up with the derpy video-first focus anymore if you don't want to.

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