YouTube Music ends location recommendations

YouTube Music offers recommendations by knowing your precise location, but that’s going to stop next month.

YouTube Music has long used your precise location to power some recommendations. For example, the app might offer “a Workout Essentials playlist at the gym, your Focus Supermix at work, or an Unwind playlist for relaxing at home.” Users first had to grant the app this location permission and subscribe to Google location history.

Note: This change only affects your location settings in YouTube Music. It does not affect Google Location History settings or your device’s location settings. You can manage your Google location history settings here.

This approach will end on Monday, September 26, with YouTube Music removing “all location-specific recommendations, location settings, and app permissions.” Additionally, it “deletes all YouTube Music data derived from your precise location.” “Privacy & Location” appears near the end of Preferences, and Google has always offered a toggle to temporarily suspend it.

The company cites other recommendation methods it has introduced over the past year, such as the activity bar with Energize, Workout, Relax, Commute, and Focus streams. This is considered a “better approach to help you create a soundtrack for your day” and definitely more intentional.

However, YouTube Music will “always personalize your music experience based on your approximate location.” This can include weather-related playlists for your city (say, a rainy day) or top song rankings by country, both of which are much more vague.

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