July 25, 2014

YouTube secretly hiding code for offline playback, unlimited Music Pass, background listening

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Tucked away inside of the most recent version of the Android YouTube app are hints of things to come. As discovered by Android Police, the app contains traces of stuff we’ve already heard about as well as new, fun stuff.

Chances are good that most of you have already learned of YouTube’s upcoming offline playback capabilities. Indeed, the frame work for that is in this v.5.3 release.

We might soon expect Google to announce a new service called Music Pass which could contain unlimited music playback, uninterrupted playback, and/or background listening. It’s also possible that the offline playback options could be rolled into this package, however that’s not clear. As you know, not every YouTube video has music.

We’re most curious about whether Google plans to fold in the Play Music All Access to the Music Pass; could it be an all-you-can-eat bundle that delivers music everywhere? We certainly hope so.

Android Police