Is YouTube Music Finally Getting A Cloud Locker Feature?

YouTube Music cloud locker
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Google has long been a player in the music streaming industry with its Google Play Music service. However, with the rise of YouTube and the popularity of its video-sharing platform, Google has shifted its focus to YouTube Music. While the service has been slowly improving with personalized mixes and other features, one feature that is still absent is the cloud locker, which was available in Google Play Music.

However, according to an APK teardown performed by 9to5Google, the cloud locker feature may be coming soon. Version 3.47 of the YouTube music app includes code references to a distinct partition in your account. This new feature could be a game-changer for YouTube Music, as it is one of the most requested features by Google Play Music fans.

The new feature will have two partitions. The first is for streaming content that can be saved by liking or subscribing to an artist. The second partition is for a ‘Library’ function, which is what Google is calling your uploaded tunes. A Songs page offers a look that includes uploads and liked tracks. This new feature, coupled with personalized mixes and other improvements, could make YouTube Music a serious contender in the music streaming market.

As someone who was an early adopter of Google Play Music, I recently made the switch to Spotify due to the lack of updates and the focus on YouTube Music and its premium subscription. However, YouTube Music has still managed to become one of the most-downloaded apps on Android, even without the cloud locker feature.

Google launched Google Play Music in 2011, but since then, the world of music streaming has changed drastically. Google’s music strategy shifted from offering a branded music service through YouTube, rather than a standalone service. The focus is now on YouTube Music, which is rapidly gaining popularity.

In October 2019, Google tried to update YouTube Music’s personalized playlists to be more like Apple Music and Spotify. Personalized playlists like ‘Discover Mix,’ ‘New Release Mix,’ and ‘Your Mix’ are suspiciously similar to Spotify’s playlists. This is a sign that Google is taking the music streaming market seriously and is willing to compete with other big players like Spotify and Apple Music.

If the cloud locker feature is finally ported over to YouTube Music, that’s the final nail in the coffin for Google Play Music. Google will probably look into shutting down GPM in favor of YouTube Music, which is rapidly gaining ground in the music streaming market. With the addition of the cloud locker feature, YouTube Music could become the go-to music streaming service for many users, especially those who were fans of Google Play Music.

In conclusion, the addition of the cloud locker feature to YouTube Music is a much-awaited and much-needed feature that could make the service a serious contender in the music streaming market. Google’s shift in focus to YouTube Music is a clear indication that the company is taking the music streaming market seriously and is willing to compete with other big players. With the addition of the cloud locker, YouTube Music could become the go-to music streaming service for many users.

One Response

  1. KS2 Problema

    I gave up waiting for Google to either improve YTM or reprieve GPM. When I found I could move over to Amazon HD (lossless) for just a couple bucks a month more, I jumped. And despite 6 years and a big library of favorites (that I used a playlist transfer utility to grab a text file list of), I haven’t really looked back.

    GPM worked about the way I wanted and had developed really good discovery options over the years — but their sound quality was crummy even for the 320 kbps lossy format that was their hi-est fi. (By contrast, the old MOG used LAME-encoded 320 mp3s that sounded *noticeably* better [and differentiable by double blind ABX test].)