There has been a lot of chit-chat about the precise location feature on apps like Instagram and now, Google is making sure it stays away from some controversy too by making amendments on YouTube Music.
The platform has been famous over time for providing users with some great recommendations depending on the precise location feature. But from next month onwards, that would stop.
For a while now, the app’s recommendations were powered by just this. To help understand how this worked, let’s look at some common examples.
If users are at the gym, they’d be receiving music that’s upbeat, lively, and one that’s sure to be loved by everyone wishing to lose some calories. Those at the park would have a more ‘feel good about life’ playlist. And if you’re home, you’d love to unwind with some soft jazz or comforting music vibes.
But first, users would need to give the app permission to attain their location and allow for Google Location’s History feature to get activated.
Google announced how the change would impact their location settings on the app and not on their entire Google Location History.
From the next month, which is September, we’re going to see the removal of all such recommendations, app permissions, and even changes to location settings too.
Moreover, the company has also confirmed that it’s going to be removing any data on its music app that was attained through a user’s location. But we’d also like to shed light on how the privacy and location feature is usually present towards the end where the preferences tab is found. And the firm adds that it has always provided many with options to halt it for a temporary basis.
Now, it appears other vaguer methods to attain users’ music recommendations in the past year will be focused on. Common examples include the likes of activity bars featuring feeds for Focus, Workout, Commuting, Energizing, and Relaxing.
But at the same time, YouTube Music adds that personalizing music experiences that are determined by a person’s approximate location will continue as planned. This could mean you’ll be seeing playlists that are more specific to the weather in which you’re currently located. At the same time, you’ll find songs that are trending on your nation’s top charts.
See, the difference here is that the information is much vaguer and that’s why people want it.
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