YouTube Music adds multi-select to web app [U]

A big problem with Google’s current streaming service for some is the lack of basic functionality for music apps. Multi-select in List Views was one of those absences, but now YouTube Music is rolling out the feature.

Update 7/2: The YouTube Music web app is rolling out multi-select more widely today. When viewing an album/playlist, hovering over a song will see the track length on the right replaced with a thumbs up/down checkbox and the overflow menu appears on the left.

After selecting a song, the box appears for everything in the list, while you get a bottom toolbar that lets you quickly add to the playlist and play next. This overflow menu contains Add to Playlist, Play Next, and Add to Queue.


Original 6/1: Some users notice that tracks in music.youtube.com list views now show a checkbox on the right (after thumbs up/down and overflow menu). This presumably appears when hovering over a song and remains visible after at least one selection.

YouTube Music will show a box at the bottom of your screen with options to add to playlist or queue. There is also another overflow menu here.

So far, multi-select is only rolling out to a handful of users on the web. Whether the feature is coming to Android and iOS clients as well remains to be seen, which might require more development effort than the web client. A long press on a song in mobile apps is already used to launch the overflow menu.

Still, it’s progress that its functionality exists anywhere, and the addition gives people at least one place to perform bulk actions on their library. A wider multi-select launch is expected to arrive sooner rather than later on YouTube Music.

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