Some YouTube Music users are reporting on Reddit that a bug is causing songs in the playlist to become unavailable. AndroidCentral reports that they saw the issue crop up sometime last week, with more users seeing the problem now. Judging from some other tweets, it looks like the issue is affecting both Android and iOS users.
The bug is different from another issue that also made playlists and albums unavailable, because the current problem affects not only catalog songs, but also personally uploaded music or playlists. The songs in the list appear greyed out. The publication notes that it tried out one workaround which fixed the issue – which is to set the playlists back to ‘Private’ and clear the downloaded copy of the playlist from the app. It is likely that the issue results in the songs changing to ‘Unlisted’ or ‘Public’.
One of the responses on the Reddit thread suggests that the search giant is aware of the issue and is working on a fix. However, there is no timeline on when the fix will be released. Since the issue persists only in the YouTube Music app, users can choose to listen to tracks on YouTube for the time being. However, you must be a Premium subscriber to be able to play YouTube videos in the background with the screen turned off.
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