On November 29, 2022, Youtube Music announced its exciting rollout for the 2022 Recap as a personalized Year-in-Review feature. This personalized year overview will allow users to rejoice & relive their most-listened music moments of 2022.
The Recap feature by Youtube was launched last year to compete with the leading on-demand music streaming app, Spotify, where users can enjoy their most-listened tracks, videos and artists of the year. However, the company has added several exciting features to make the experience more immersive this year.
One such latest feature is its personalized “Top Trends” stats that highlights favorite artists a user uncovered and started listening to before others. Another exciting feature is “Identify”, which offers users a personalized music vibe/personality based on their music habits and preference.
Not only this, but the Recap this year allows users to access and relive the Exclusive-to-Youtube content, including live performances, remixes, etc., that they loved the most in 2022. This year, Youtube has collaborated with Google Photos to create a personal slideshow of your favorite memories of 2022.
This slideshow will appear as shareable cards on users’ personalized music playlists, and they can customize it with their choice of pictures from Google Photos. The recap will appear in a story-like format with personalized memory cards to tap through or share with others on various social media platforms like Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, etc., by clicking on the bottom arrow.
Last year, these Recaps were only accessible through Youtube Music. However, the feature is available this year through the Youtube Main app. Users can go to the “Youtube App” on their Android or iOS devices and search for “2022 Recap” to enjoy this feature. From there, you can enjoy the Recap playlist and tap on Stories banners to enjoy the personalized slideshow of 2022 memories.
This year, Youtube is ahead of Spotify by launching this revamped Recap feature early. Spotify is yet to release its “Wrapped” feature, which according to the platform, will be expected to be released in early December.
While the Wrapped feature is yet to come for this year, Youtube’s Recap feature launched the same day as Apple Music’s revamped Replay feature. Although the Replay feature has historically lagged behind its competitors, it will be interesting to see how the early release of it this year benefits it.
Indeed both Youtube and Apple are giving each other neck-to-neck competition through this revamped replay and recap feature, it is yet to see which one will get the best response from the users by the end of 2022.