One of the biggest uses for YouTube is listening to music, and it's getting a bit more convenient to do that on Android today. YouTube Mix came to the desktop last year, but someone just threw the switch to enable it on Android. Simply search for an artists and rock out.

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YouTube Mix is essentially an auto-generated playlist of an artist's most popular videos on YouTube. It seems to be mostly pulling up Vevo content for established acts, but the videos can be pulled from any account. After searching for an artist, the Mix collage should be shown at the top of the search results.

This is a server-side change, so you won't need to update your app to get Mix. We reached out to Google to make sure this is new, and indeed, it was enabled for Android very recently. Apparently users have been digging YouTube Mix on the desktop.

[Thanks, +Brandon Lall]

Ryan Whitwam
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  • spacekobra

    So... background audio?
    Or at least having the screen turned off?

    • Jason Brian Chapa

      Great for casting to a Chromecast.

    • namesib

      Exactly! I don't care about this mix crap; they need to hurry up with the background audio. :/

      • ray

        If you want a background audio or want to listen to your music while the screen off there's an app in the store called Viral lookfor it, it's a great app and I've been using it for while and it satisfy all my needs.

        • Tornado15550

          I'd recommend PVSTAR+ for background YouTube audio. It's amazing.

          • namesib

            Thanks. :)

          • testtttttttttt

            It's ugly and painful to use that app. Try supertube and see how well it could be done

        • namesib

          Thanks. :)

        • Brendan

          I prefer UListen

    • Jerry Gooch

      I wouldn't expect background audio or the ability to have the screen off. It would defeat the purpose of Play Music All Access.

  • Defenestratus

    So with this, why should I be paying $7/mo for Google Play All Access?

    • http://thepolymath.in/ Deepansh Khurana

      Umm. Music videos are released usually late. Most songs dont even get videos done. Fair point by AbbyZFresh too.

    • AbbyZFresh

      You can actually put your songs for offline use for All Access unlike YouTube.

      • ddpacino

        Not to mention the wealth of songs and actual albums that can be played from All Access, in conjunction with your own music collection. LOVE that feature.

    • armandocj

      Maybe the ability to do other things or turn off your screen while listening to music?

  • bungadudu

    Been using it for a few days already.
    Works for pretty much any video, not just music.

  • http://gplus.to/bdbplatano M. Puente

    weird that with as much as I watch music videos on YouTube, I didn't even know this existed until today, thanks.

  • http://infotainmentempire.blogspot.com Rob

    Sweet, Guster is the artist in the photos.

  • Paul_Werner

    I wonder if this is just new to music videos. I've been able to use this feature on several funny videos I've watched on my N5 for a couple weeks now

  • frafri

    this doesnt matter if you cant run youtube on the background . useless

  • 16bitz0r

    As long as it has to run on foreground with enabled display, it's useless.

  • whispy_snippet

    Sorry to digress... But is anyone else's voice search broken in the YouTube app? Mine hasn't worked for about a month now.

    • Numismatics Arabian

      Mine!! Please help if you get any solution!!


  • Trent Russell

    This is useless. Google, how about features we've asked for, like background audio and channel playlists?

  • Jeffrey Fazal

    I love to
    play my favorite track on my Nexus 5 Smartphone. My favorite artist is Katy Perry
    and its most of the videos are easily available on Vevo. I already updated new
    version of you tube and its working absolutely fine. I just put my Smartphone
    on wireless car charger and play my favorite music track without worry about
    its battery status.

  • guest

    No more preloading?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

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