Last week Google explained very discreetly and began implementing the ability to upload songs to its Play Music successor. This afternoon, the YouTube Music cloud library appears to be more widely available.
Once enabled for your account, tapping on your profile avatar in the top right corner of the web app displays a new menu item “Upload Music”. Tapping opens the browser file browser to select songs. Supported formats include FLAC, M4A, MP3, OGG and WMA. A progress indicator appears at the bottom left and once completed will show the complete cover.
Song processing takes some time before it appears on the Library tab. There is also a short delay before updating the Android and iOS apps (version 3.51+ is required). The Albums and Songs tab has a new selector to choose between “YouTube Music” and “Uploads”.
The loaded contents can be browsed up / down, with the songs displayed in the predefined playlist “Songs liked”. Before uploading, users must ensure that metadata and album art are added, otherwise the information will be missing in YouTube Music.
Google notes that uploads “won’t affect your music recommendations on YouTube Music.” Your songs can be downloaded and streamed to speakers with all the Premium features (in the background, without advertising and offline playback) available even if you are not a subscriber.
As of this afternoon, the YouTube Music cloud library has just appeared for several, but not all, of our accounts. It has been implemented more widely since last Wednesday, although the feature has not been officially announced by Google. Make sure to fully reload music.youtube.com when checking if the feature is turned on for you.
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