YouTube Music is rolling out user uploads

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February, 2020

YouTube Music | Update | Feature

YouTube Music has seen a ton of updates since it was redesigned. It is now time for the long awaited user uploads feature from Google Play Music.

One great benefit with Google Play Music that many people loves is the ability to upload your own music collection. This makes it possible to upload music that would never see the streaming service otherwise such as special editions or maybe even your own music from when you participated in a band while younger. This feature has been huge for many users on Google Play Music and has been the reason why they have chosen the service over Spotify, Apple Music and others. With that being said, the other services also has user uploads, but they are not even close to how good it is with Google Play Music.

A Google support page confirms that user uploads is finally rolling out to users of YouTube Music. The feature was confirmed to be coming a long time ago and we recently saw some rumours suggesting it was right around the corner.

Taking a closer look at the support page it explains...

...What user uploads are:

"Add your personal music collection to your YouTube Music library by uploading your songs and albums. Once your music is uploaded, you can use YouTube Music to play your uploaded music as part of your listening experience."

It further goes on to explain...

...How to upload your music:

"There are two ways to upload your music. On a computer:

Drag your file(s) to any surface on music.youtube.com or visit music.youtube.com and click on your profile picture and then Upload music.

Supported file formats for uploads include FLAC, M4A, MP3, OGG, and WMA.

You will see a progress bar indicating your music is uploading and a confirmation message once the songs have been uploaded. Your uploaded music may take some time to show up in your library, even after it has been successfully uploaded."

It also explains...

...that you need to use the web player to do this.

"Note: music uploads cannot be completed in the YouTube Music mobile app"

Google Music support page.

The document also explains...

...how to view, manage and search your uploads:

"To view or manage the music you’ve uploaded, go to Library > Songs > Uploads or Library > Albums and then Uploads. In order to see your uploads in the YouTube Music app, you must be using the YouTube mobile version 3.51+ or newer."

Additionally, it also adds some clarity regarding Google Play Music. As you may know, Youtube Music is set to replace Google Play Music eventually.

"If you are looking to transfer your entire Google Play Music library, stay tuned – we will be providing a way to seamlessly transfer your music. Nothing is changing with Google Play Music right now. When we do replace Google Play Music with YouTube Music, we’ll be sure to give you plenty of advance notice."

User uploads feature in Google Play Music.

At the very end it also adds some things to know about user uploads:

  • Your music uploads will not influence your music recommendations in YouTube Music.
  • Music you have uploaded can only be played by you; other YouTube Music users will not have access to your uploads.
  • If you share a playlist with another user that contains music you uploaded, they will not be able to play the uploaded songs in your playlist - including members of your Google or YouTube family plan.
  • You can play uploaded songs in the background, ad-free and offline - even if you are not currently a YouTube Music Premium subscriber. You can also cast uploaded content, or play it from smart speakers and Sonos.
  • All YouTube Music users can create playlists containing uploaded music and songs from YouTube Music.
  • Only audio files and their associated metadata and album art can be uploaded. Video files, PDFs, and other types of content are not supported.
  • YouTube Music will automatically remove duplicate copies from your library if the same content is uploaded multiple times.

Update (20/02/2020): A product manager on Reddit has confirmed that you can upload 100 000 files on YouTube Music and each file can be a maximum of 30mb.

Do you have user uploads in YouTube Music? Are you looking forward to this feature? Please let me know down below! Thank you so much for reading!