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Get YouTube music to stop playing the music video version of songs «Smartphones :: Gadget Hacks



YouTube Music has been around since the end of 2015, but it first became a viable music service in 2019. It makes sense for Google to use YouTube's existing library of music videos, remixes and cover songs to create a massive music platform. But one disadvantage is that you get a lot of the music video versions of songs instead of the album versions. Thankfully you can change this.

Yep, Google finally allows you to stream your favorite songs with an audio option. So as the music worked before, you had to watch the video itself to listen to the song, even if it only had a picture of the album art and nothing else. Now you can pull directly from the audio stream at the touch of a button. Follow this quick guide to get started.

Disable music videos

Open the YouTube Music app ( Android | iOS), tap your profile icon in the upper right, and then go to "Settings." If you are on Android, sit hard. If you're on iOS, tap "Playback and Restrictions."

Now, regardless of device, you will find a setting called "Don't Play Music Videos" near the top of the list. If you enable this, all your music will be forced into an audio or official album version of each song. Press the switch to the on position to enable this instant access setting. Done!

Final Report

When you jump from music video to the official album audio stream, you will almost always notice a much higher level of fidelity. Depending on the age of the music video and what bit rate quality they chose to use, it can be a huge difference in some cases. Switching to the official album version of your favorite music video will increase the bit rate to a much more respectable quality.

Something else to keep in mind, you also have the ability to switch back and forth between the audio and video versions of each song seamlessly. When you play the song by touching the screen anywhere, the "Song" and "Video" buttons will pop up for you to select. So at any time you can switch between them if you want to do so.

Cover Image and Screenshots by Stephen Perkins / Gadget Hacks

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