In 2018, YouTube launched its Premium plan, in which users pay for a subscription plan and in return get ‘VIP’ features. Among them is to listen to music without interruptions, either from YouTube or YouTube Music, continue playing songs offline and in the background. On the other hand, Google, the parent company behind the music platform, has decided to release experimental features for premium users to try out.
Among the early functions that are reaching premium users, YouTube launched a few days ago the option so that from Apple devices, you can watch videos outside the application thanks to the Picture in Picture function. Now, the company announced that users will be able to try the new system to rearrange playlists and search for specific ‘moments’ in videos.
The first feature will allow users to rearrange videos within a single playlist. It will be as simple as clicking on the song you want to move and dragging it to the place you want. Within this feature, there is also the option to hide a video. To do this, you must stand on the video you want to hide and slide it to the left or enter the three-dot menu and select the ‘hide video’ option. “Hidden videos will be skipped during playback” the company mentioned.
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If you are a user who listens or watches many videos frequently, these two options will be very useful for you to prioritize your favorite content. Likewise, you can hide the videos that you are not interested in from a playlist that you like. YouTube reports that users will be able to test these features until August 11.
On the other hand, the “moments” function will make it easier to search for a specific moment within a video. This feature is not new, Google had introduced it in May, however, this update is much simpler. When watching a video, look for the red dot on the progress bar and swipe up to see the video thumbnails. This way you can scroll through the video by looking at the thumbnails so you can see a specific moment in the video. This option will be available until July 27.
We don’t yet know what will happen to the features when they reach their deadlines. We can expect the features to be rolled out to all non-premium users, or simply disappear as they are just test features.