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YouTube Music Listening Room Launches Beta, Registrations Open

YouTube Music Listening Room Launches Beta, Registrations Open

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To “help shape the future of YTM,” the YouTube Music team launched a Listening Room program to give select users early access to features and provide feedback.

If you’re selected for the Listening Room, you’ll get early access to new features and join an “exclusive user group” on Discord, with the YouTube Music product team, to provide feedback.

Another benefit is a free year of YouTube Music Premium. Requirements include:

  • Be a music lover
  • Use YouTube Music as your primary music streaming service for one year (you can still continue to use another music streaming service at the same time)
  • Give regular feedback through Discord chats and polls
  • Agree NOT to share any information — ie. take screenshots, photos, or recordings of conversations or early features with anyone outside of the Discord group

The registration process in Google Forms asks how often you listen to streaming music and what you consider your essential service. One interesting distinction is between the main YouTube app and YTM.

In addition to the list of favorite artists and genres, there are seven possible user types to choose from:

  • Music is a huge part of my identity and my friends know it. I’m always listening to new music and keeping up with the big music trends.
  • I like discovering new music, but it’s not a big part of my life. I often listen to music while socializing, playing, or eating.
  • I like being informed and being part of a music community, even though I don’t have very strong opinions about music. I don’t want to miss out on the latest music trends.
  • I love listening to the same music over and over again.
  • I use music to change the mood and make the moments more pleasant. I usually rely on music services to stream music for me.
  • I love listening to nostalgic music and I usually listen to music in the background while doing housework, traveling, commuting or working out.
  • Music defines and inspires me. I have strong opinions about music and I don’t really care about music that is considered popular.

The team also asked about the use and frequency of form factor: phone, laptop/desktop, tablet, TV, smart speaker, smart display and smartwatch.

There are questions about short-form video consumption and how often you listen to audio content first: podcasts, interviews, audiobooks.

Then there’s demographics, while you have to agree not to publicly share any features in development, use YouTube Music as your primary streaming app for the next year, and provide regular/active feedback.

If accepted, we will contact you in February 2023 about the next steps.

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