YouTube Music finally allows all users to hide liked music from YouTube
One of the highlight features for YouTube Music at its launch was the ability to tap into the vast repertoire of music present on YouTube’s video service, including user-generated remixes and unofficial covers. Another feature was that if these music videos were “liked” by the user on YouTube, these likes would show up on the Music app, influencing music discovery on the service. Now, YouTube Music is finally allowing users to hide liked music from YouTube’s video streaming service, according to users on Reddit.
While the feature set at first might sound like a generally good thing, it ignores the preference nuances of a large audience group that used the video streaming service in different ways, with no knowledge of a future preference-merge. Regular videos on occasion have been classified by YouTube as music, and this causes them to appear in the streaming service. And users may have their preferences evolved over the years, and the likes from YouTube videos may not accurately represent what the user wants and expects from a dedicated music streaming service. A singular coarse option would simply not accommodate all user choices.
This situation is finally getting fixed. YouTube Music is rolling out the ability to disregard the likes from YouTube’s video streaming service. This option flows one way only, so the music you like on the music streaming service would still be a part of the video streaming service. The preference change applies retroactively towards all music videos liked in the past, so your Liked Playlist items will go down in number as soon as you flip the switch (and vice versa). The setting you finally settle on will be applied to your account, so it will reflect wherever you use the music streaming service.
Credits: Redditor /u/Ploppy_
It’s good to see the service finally catching up as a solid offering, especially since Google Play Music is on its last few weeks of existence. There are still some ways to go for feature-parity, but there are other options for features like downloading mp3’s.