YouTube Premium and YouTube Music Premium users are receiving a nifty new update to their music streaming experience today, as the Google-owned service announced that it is adding a new feature to the apps that let users seamlessly switch between a song and the official music video associated with it.
The switchover can be made by hitting a button at the top of the screen that lets users alternate between ‘Song’ and ‘Video’. The video resumes from the same point in the track and users can return to the song right from where the video is left off. YouTube says that the switch does not interrupt the experience as it has “perfectly time-matched over five million official music videos to their respective audio tracks”, ensuring that there are no hiccups in the transition. For those that do not wish to have the option to watch music videos, the “Don’t play music videos” option in settings can be turned on.
Google launched YouTube Music back in May of last year, and one of the many advantages that the streaming service boasts of is the varied catalog of not only music videos, but also music covers, singles, and remixes, something that is not present in competing services. The addition of this feature, along with other recently added features further improve the appeal of YouTube Music.
The YouTube Music app can be downloaded from the Play Store here or the App Store here. It must be noted, however, that the ability to switch between a song and its video is available only to users with a YouTube Premium or YouTube Music Premium subscription.