The idea of ‘pre-saving’ new albums on streaming services, registering in advance to have them added to your library automatically on release day, has been around for a while. It started in late 2016 on Spotify with a Laura Marling album, and on that service has remained something that labels and distributors do themselves, using Spotify’s API. Apple Music does things differently: it has the feature as part of its service, called ‘pre-adds’. Now it seems YouTube Music is following that path.
Engadget reports that YouTube Music listeners can now see some upcoming albums, and save them to their libraries ahead of their release. There’s more YouTube news today too: it has officially launched the ‘video chapters’ feature that’s been in testing for a few months. It lets people divide their YouTube videos into shorter chapters, with timestamps and titles, to help viewers jump around. One of the things this is very useful for are longer music videos, like live concerts, to help fans leap to particular songs.