User Frustration Mounts as Autoplay Takes Center Stage
YouTube Music has fallen out of favor with many users, particularly following Google’s compulsory migration from Google Play Music. The streaming service has received a lackluster rating of only 2.9 stars on the Play Store. While the app itself is not terrible, it does leave much room for improvement. Most notably, users have expressed their annoyance with the absence of an option to disable autoplay, leading to a flood of complaints on the YouTube Music forums.
“Having no option to disable autoplay makes the app pretty annoying to use. It’s not possible to play a song while going to sleep because the app insists on playing more music I didn’t ask for.” – Source
“In my first few days of using YTM, autoplay is infuriating. I just wanted to listen to Bruce Springsteen’s new album while falling asleep, but I ended up waking up to Adele. This is a terrible user experience. If this issue isn’t addressed by the end of my free trial, I won’t continue using it.” – Source
The frustration among users is evident.
The Autoplay Conundrum on YouTube Music
While YouTube Music does offer a toggle to disable autoplay, it only appears when playing an album or playlist. If you want to add a single track to the queue, the app not only adds that song but also a seemingly endless list of suggestions.
Although these suggestions may be a result of sophisticated algorithms based on the user’s listening history and preferences, not everyone is convinced.
To address the issue of autoplay queues consisting of just one song, there should have been a global option to disable it, possibly in the settings menu.
Temporary Workarounds While We Await a Fix
While we hope that Google takes action to rectify the situation, there are a few temporary solutions you can try:
Workaround #1: Select the three-dot menu next to the song and choose the “Add to playlist” option. Create a new playlist and ensure that the autoplay toggle is turned off. This way, you can listen to the desired song without any unwanted suggestions.
Alternatively, you can attempt to use repeat mode. By enabling it, only the chosen song will play repeatedly, eliminating any random suggestions.
Workaround #3: For those who enjoy using YouTube Music on their desktop, there’s another workaround available:
“I discovered a workaround, but sadly it only works on the desktop version. Simply click ‘more actions’ on the three-dot icon and then hit ‘play next.’ Your song, and only your song, will be there. You can create your own queue and maybe save it later as a playlist. Just keep in mind that you’ll have to manually add each song since there’s no ‘save queue’ button in sight.” – Source
Let us know in the comments section below if any of these workarounds did the trick for you.
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