YouTube Music is about to get a long-awaited feature. In a much-anticipated move, YouTube Music is introducing a novel feature that reveals the number of times a song has been streamed by users. Though this addition was widely considered necessary for enhancing the platform's user experience, its implementation still manages to exude a certain appeal. The new feature allows users to view the streaming count of a song, but with a stipulation: the counts are only visible on an artist's landing page for their top five songs.
This new functionality was initially spotted by some Redditors on both the YouTube Music Android app and the website. The Android app version that incorporates the play count feature is 6.03.51. However, not all users with this version have reported access to the new feature yet, suggesting that Google may be conducting a server-side test before fully rolling out the feature to all Android users.
YouTube Music is about to get a long-awaited feature
The specific app version you are running on your Android device can be easily verified. To do this, simply open the YouTube Music app, tap on your avatar or profile picture located in the top-right corner of the display. Then, navigate to 'Settings > About YouTube Music,' and the app version will be displayed.
It's worth noting that the display of play counts on an artist's YouTube Music landing page may not necessarily align with the song ranking under 'Top Songs.' It might seem logical to list songs based on the number of plays, but this may not be the case. For example, Android Police noticed that for the artist Outkast, 'Ms. Jackson' is listed as the top song with 592 million plays, whereas 'Hey Ya!'—which has 708 million plays— is listed second. YouTube Music is about to get a long-awaited feature.