Gaana adds ‘smart downloads’ feature for its subscribers


Indian music-streaming service Gaana has a new feature called ‘smart downloads’, which is in similar territory to something that YouTube Music recently announced. Gaana’s version will automatically download a listener’s favourite tracks to their smartphone, for offline listening.

News site Radio And Music reports that the feature is rolling out for premium subscribers on the Gaana Plus tier, and that while it will be automatically turned on, people will be able to switch it off again if they prefer.

“We have been testing this in phases since March, and it has garnered an incredible response,” said Gaana CEO Prashan Agarwal.

YouTube Music revamped its own offline option in June, rebranding its ‘Offline Mixtape’ as ‘Smart Downloads’ with up to 500 songs automatically cached on subscribers’ devices for non-connected listening.

Stuart Dredge

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