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YouTube Music app adds useful new feature for Android and iOS music fans

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If you like music, you probably use the YouTube Music app a lot. You can go to the app and find the song you want using the app’s search function, or you can ask your digital assistant to play a specific song by a specific artist (for example, “play Revolution Number 9 by the Beatles on YouTube Music”). You may be asked to unlock your phone first. In addition to the huge library of original performances, YouTube Music has a wide selection of covers that allow the app to recommend a selection of them, along with alternative takes, live versions and more.

Depending on the song, while you’re playing the tune, you can find a list of covers for the song you’re currently streaming right from the Now Playing screen. Again, let’s use the Fab Four for this example. So you listen to Getting together and you’re curious about alternative versions of the song. From the Now Playing screen, tap the Related tab at the bottom right of the screen.

Scroll down to Other versions and you’ll see covers from Getting together by Ike and Tina Turner (!) and Jennel Garcia, among others. There’s also a live version, sung by the late John Lennon (who, of course, wrote the tune and recorded it with the rest of the Beatles). Speaking of the latter, there is also an alternate shot by the Liverpudlian residents included in this list.

The covers, live performances, and alternate takes listed under Other Gigs change every time you look it up, as you can see from the embedded screenshot in this story. That list of covers for Getting together including one performed by the unlikely trio of Steven Tyler, Alice Cooper and Marilyn Manson

If you scroll through the other performances, you’ll see a carousel titled Similar Artists. Below that, the carousel contains More of additional songs available from the same artist or group. This is followed by a biography of the artist or group mentioned under About the artist. According to 9to5Googlesome YouTube Music users saw the new features a month ago, while other iOS and Android users are just now getting them.

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