Earlier this yr, earlier than the demise of Google Play Music, I moved to YouTube Music to see if had improved from the primary time I attempted it. It hadn’t, and I was disappointed. Quick-forward to at this time, and I’ve nonetheless been utilizing YTM—albeit begrudgingly. However as a lot as I’ve trashed it as a pathetic streaming music service over the past half-year, it just lately received a killer characteristic that I like: Mixes.
What Are Mixes on YouTube Music?
Again on the finish of 2019, YouTube Music received curated Discovery Combine, New Launch Combine, and Your Combine playlists. The concept was to supply customized playlists geared towards music discovery. The “Combined for You” playlists are an enlargement of the Your Combine playlist, increasing it from only one large playlist to a number of extra outlined playlists. The Your Combine playlist remains to be obtainable, too, however is now referred to as “My Supermix.”
In case you load up YTM and scroll down the principle web page a bit, you’ll see the “Combined for You” part. There are seven combine variations right here, alongside the Supermix. Briefly, these are revolving stations/playlists which can be particularly curated by your listening historical past.
Mine are damaged up largely by style, although the overlap on some Mixes is the perfect half. I hear largely to rock, laborious rock, metallic, bluegrass, and rap (I’m eclectic, y’all) for pleasure, however I typically throw ambient, digital, and binaural beats into the combo whereas I’m working if I’m having a tough time focusing. Every Combine performs off of my listening historical past, with each both taking up a brand new style or flowing between comparable genres.
So, for instance, My Combine 1 consists of artists like Ghost (rock), TOOL (rock), The Useless South (bluegrass), and Gojira (metallic). It’s a superb combine that’s excellent after I don’t know what I need to take heed to. My Combine 2 is comparable, however will get heavier with bands like The Satan Wears Prada (metallic), Make Them Endure (metallic), Oh Sleeper (metallic), and…properly, you get the thought. That Combine is as heavy as a tank and I love it.
From there, my Mixes ebb and movement by the completely different genres I take heed to most frequently, with every playlist providing a barely completely different vibe from the final. Mixes are nice when you may’t determine what to take heed to, however the Supermix is ideal for when you may’t even determine between Mixes—it’s principally a mixture of all of your Mixes in a single. In case your listening tastes are something like mine, among the transitions from track to track will actually throw the mind for a loop. I dig it so laborious.
Okay, However Are They Truly Good?
This form of automated playlist curation isn’t new, in fact—should you’ve used different music streaming companies (like Spotify), you then’ve nearly definitely encountered one thing comparable. And whereas I can’t communicate to how properly YouTube Music’s implementation compares to some other service, I can inform you that it’s actually good.
Combine after Combine, YouTube Music simply appears to nail my style. Each is a…combine…of each artists and songs I’m acquainted with together with loads that I’m not. I’ve discovered all types of latest tracks due to YTM’s good algorithms. And it’s not simply me, both—I’ve talked with a number of individuals on Twitter who advised me the identical factor.
Additionally, these playlists are dynamic (which is why I usually consider them as “stations” as a substitute of direct playlists). By that, I imply they’re extra like each day mixes—every Combine not often performs the identical tracks day after day. This retains issues recent and continuously introduces new artists and songs, so there’s at all times one thing completely different.
I’ve been fast to snap at YouTube Music for being a lesser-than service in comparison with different music apps—and even the one it changed (Google Play Music)—so I’m completely happy to lastly have a very killer characteristic right here. After months of utilizing YouTube Music and wishing it was simply higher, it is a step in the appropriate path.
Combined for You is accessible on each the online and cell app—test it out for your self by hitting the field beneath.