That selection includes the Offline Mixtape (a 100-song playlist based on your listening history) and “songs from your Liked Songs playlist and your other favorite playlists and albums. ” You can set a limit for how much music smart downloads will pull down, and the process only happens at night and when your phone is connected to Wi-Fi.
YouTube Music is expanding upon its Offline Mixtape feature with a more thorough version it’s now calling “smart downloads. ” When you enable smart downloads, the app will automatically download up to 500 songs that you’ll be able to listen to anywhere — whether or not you’ve got a data connection.
YouTube gave me an example of what this might look like for the average user: “Offline Mixtape, Pop Hotlist, Summer 2019 playlist, Kacey Musgraves album. ” So it’s enough to get you through a few hours of getting stuck without the ability to stream tunes.
Other apps including Netflix are also moving into this lane; Netflix’s smart downloads can now save the next episode of whatever you’re watching so it’s ready to go right away, and it’ll automatically delete episodes you’ve already finished.
But smart downloads might be useful if you tend to forget about saving music for offline listening until it’s too late.