Earlier this year, before Google Play Music̵
What are Mixes on YouTube Music?
In late 2019, YouTube Music got curated playlists of Discovery Mix, New Release Mix, and Your Mix. The idea was to provide personalized playlists aimed at music discovery. The “Mixed for You” playlists are an extension of the Your Mix playlist, expanding it from just one huge playlist to multiple more defined playlists. The Your Mix playlist is also still available, but is now called ‘My Supermix’.
If you load up YTM and scroll down a bit on the main page, you will see the “Mixed for You” section. In addition to the Supermix, there are seven mix variations here. Basically, these are rotating stations / playlists specifically curated by your listening history.
Mine is broken up mostly by genre, although the overlap on some mixes is the best part. I mainly listen to rock, hard rock, metal, bluegrass, and rap (I’m eclectic, all of you) for pleasure, but I often throw ambient, electronic, and binaural beats into the mix while I’m working when I can difficult to concentrate. Each mix plays back from my listening history, with each mix taking on a new genre or flowing between similar genres.
For example, My Mix 1 consists of artists such as Ghost (rock), TOOL (rock), The Dead South (bluegrass) and Gojira (metal). It’s an excellent mix that is perfect when I don’t know what to listen to. My Mix 2 is similar, but gets heavier with bands like The Devil Wears Prada (metal), Make Them Suffer (metal), Oh Sleeper (metal), and… well you get the idea. That mix is as heavy as a tank and me love it.
From there, my mixes ebb and flow through the different genres I listen to most often, with each playlist offering a slightly different vibe than the last. Mixes are great when you can’t decide what to listen to, but the Supermix is perfect when you can’t even choose between mixes – it’s basically a mix of all your mixes in one. If your listening taste is anything like mine, some song-to-song transitions will really disrupt the brain. I find it so difficult.
Okay, but are they actually good?
This kind of automatic playlist curation isn’t new, of course – if you’ve used other music streaming services (like Spotify) you’ve almost certainly come across something similar. And while I can’t tell you how well the YouTube Music implementation compares to any other service, I can tell you that it is very well.
Mix after Mix, YouTube Music just seems to get a hold of me. Each is a … mix … of both artists and songs that I know, along with many that I am not. I found all kinds of new songs thanks to YTM’s brilliant algorithms. And it’s not just me either – I’ve talked to several people on Twitter who told me the same thing.
These playlists are also dynamic (that’s why I generally think of them as “stations” rather than direct playlists). By that I mean they are more like daily mixes – each mix rarely plays the same songs every day. This keeps things fresh and constantly introduces new artists and songs, so there’s always something different.
I quickly found out that YouTube Music is a service that’s less than other music apps – and even the one that replaced it (Google Play Music) – so I’m glad I finally got a really great feature here. After months of using YouTube Music and wishing it was ordinary better, this is a step in the right direction.
Mixed for You is available on both the web and mobile app. Check it out for yourself by clicking in the box below.