YouTube Music ‘Listening Room’ beta program launching [Update: Sign-ups closed] - 9to5Google
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YouTube Music ‘Listening Room’ beta program launching [Update: Sign-ups closed] - 9to5Google

January 22
Abner Li
- Jan. 22nd 2023 12:10 pm PT

To “help shape the future of YTM,” the YouTube Music team is launching a “Listening Room” program to give selected users early access to features and provide feedback.

Update 1/22: The sign-up form for YouTube Music Listening Room is “no longer accepting submissions.” It closed approximately 24 hours after launch, with an “overwhelming response” cited by the YouTube Music team.
Thank you for your interest in helping to shape the future of YouTube Music! Due to an overwhelming response, we are no longer accepting submissions. We’re so thankful to have passionate users who are willing to give us feedback. 🙏
Besides beta testing new features, the program will “ask for feedback on pre-development concepts, or even have casual discussions about your routines and needs as a music listener.”
 We’ll continue to read this subreddit regularly to hear your feedback. Thanks again for all the opinions and ideas!
Original 1/19: If selected for the “Listening Room,” you’ll get early access to new features and join an “exclusive group of users” on Discord, with the YouTube Music product team, to provide feedback. 
Another perk is a free year of YouTube Music Premium. Requirements include:
The sign-up process on Google Forms asks how often you listen to streaming music, and what you consider to be your primary service. One interesting distinction is between the main YouTube app and YTM. 
In addition to listing favorite artists and genres, there are seven possible user types that you’re asked to select from:
The team is also asking about form factor usage and frequency: Phone, Laptop / Desktop computer, Tablet, TV, Smart speaker, Smart display, and Smart watch.
There are questions about short-form video consumption, and how often you listen to audio-first content: podcasts, interviews, audiobooks. 
There are then demographic questions, while you have to agree to not share any in-development features publicly, use YouTube Music as your primary streaming app for the next year, and provide regular/active feedback. 
If accepted, you will be contacted in February 2023 with next steps.
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