Last month, YouTube Music added personalized radio stations featuring up to 30 artists. Google’s music streaming service is now doubling down on its radio efforts by placing Artist radio stations on the app‘s home page. The idea is to make artist radios readily accessible should anyone be interested in them.
Reddit user cancerkol recently shared a screenshot showing a new “Artist radios” section on YouTube Music‘s home page. As pointed out by Android Police, which spotted the Reddit post, these are playlists featuring artists that you frequently listen to and musicians they have worked with. Opening a playlist brings up the normal radio layout with an option to tune the stations by mood (chill, discover, etc.). A similar refining feature is available for recommendations on the YouTube Music Home tab as well.
YouTube Music is making artist radio stations more accessible
Content recommendation is key to the success of any streaming service. The more users find interesting and relatable content, the more they are likely to stick to a platform. This goes for both audio and video streaming. Audio platforms like YouTube Music and Spotify already do a stellar job at it. But there’s always room for improvement. There’s always a way to do things better than others.
While Spotify shows artist radios in search results (when you search for a specific artist), YouTube Music is taking a different approach to it. Google is placing them directly on the app’s home page, making artist radios more accessible. It is keeping the personalization aspect of the service intact by allowing you to filter content by mood directly from the homepage.
You also have curated playlists for each genre you listen to more often on YouTube Music. This is in addition to the aforementioned custom radio stations where you can hand-pick your favorite artists and genres and bring them all in one place to create your own unique radio station and become the DJ of it.
The latest change is currently in testing
Artist radios on the YouTube Music home page aren’t available to everyone. The company is currently testing the new feature among a small group of users. Should everything go as planned, an upcoming update for the app should bring it to the general public. If YouTube Music is your go-to music streaming service, you can click the button below to download the latest version of the app from the Google Play Store.