Google discontinues Youtube's Collections feature

Martin Brinkmann
May 16, 2015
Music and Video

Google just announced that it will discontinue YouTube's Collections feature on May 20, 2015.

Collections allow you to group subscriptions on YouTube into different categories. For instance, you could create a music collection and move all of your music related subscriptions into it.

You have full control meaning that you select the name and the subscriptions that you want to group under a collection.

Collections offer several advantages compared to maintaining individual subscriptions on YouTube:

  1. Subscriptions can be sorted thematically.
  2. It reduces the length of the list when you display your subscription using the menu on YouTube.
  3. Collections can be loaded and display only videos of channels that you have added to individual collections.

When you open a collection on YouTube or the manage subscriptions page of your account, the following notification is displayed on top:

On 5/20/15 we'll discontinue collections, as we'll focus on other efforts to make your subscriptions even more enjoyable.

While Google mentions that it wants to make subscriptions more enjoyable, it announced the exact opposite of that in the notification as users will have less options when it comes to managing subscriptions. "Even more enjoyable" seems like a strange choice of words for a feature removal announcement.

While it is possible that the company will add a new feature to YouTube eventually that improves subscription management on the site, it has not made an announcement in this regard yet.

Discontinuation likely means that collections vanish on YouTube on May 20. While there is a chance that existing collections won't be touched, it is highly unlikely that Google will go down that route.

The most likely course of action is a complete removal of the feature on YouTube. YouTube users who have created collections in the past will see a list of individual subscriptions instead when they open their personal menu on YouTube which is less practicable, especially for users who are subscribed to dozens or even hundreds of different channels.

This removes the option to display thematic videos only on YouTube. Previously, you could click on a collection to only display videos by channels that you have added to it which was a great way to display specific videos only (e.g. development, movie trailers or gaming videos) without displaying other video types at the same time.

New collections can still be created as of today from within the subscription manager.

Google discontinues Youtube's Collections feature
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Google discontinues Youtube's Collections feature
Google announced that it will discontinue the Collections feature on YouTube on May 20, 2015.

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  1. Anonymous said on August 1, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    Why not make use of the mplayer.conf?

  2. Mike J said on August 1, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    Huh, I have never even seen this “font cache” pane; videos play at once for me, using VLC & XP SP3.

    1. Martin said on August 1, 2010 at 3:39 pm

      Mike, in theory this should have only been displayed once to you, at the very first video that you played with VLC. The time this window is displayed depends largely on the number of fonts in your font directory.

      1. Mike J said on August 2, 2010 at 2:30 pm

        huh, I lucked out for a change?? Amazing!!
        Apparently VLC keeps this info through version updates, but I didn’t see this message after a fresh OS install about 8 weeks ago, & a new VLC.

  3. myo said on August 1, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    yes, yes, i have the same problem. sometimes, VLC crashes when it is playing .mov file.

  4. Kishore said on August 13, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    Buidling font Cache pop-up


    Open VLC player.

    On Menu Bar:


    (at bottom – left side)
    Show settings — ALL

    Open: Video
    Click: Subtitles/OSD (This is now highlited, not opened)
    Text rendering module – change this to “Dummy font renderer function”


    Re-open – done.
    Progam will no longer look outside self for fonts

    Source –

    1. Martin said on August 13, 2010 at 3:10 pm

      Great tip, thanks a lot Kishore.

  5. javier said on August 14, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    @Kishore, I’ll try your tips, but does this mean it will no longer show subtitles either?
    I do use subtitles, but the fontcache dialog box pops up (almost) everytime I play a file.

    Could this be related to the fonts I have installed? Or if I add/remove fonts to my system?

    I’ll try to do a fresh install also, if your tips does no work. I’ll post back here later…


  6. Kishore said on August 15, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    @ Javier, The trick i posted will show up subtitles too. If not,

  7. Kishore said on August 15, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    @ Javier, The trick i posted will show up subtitles too. If not,Dont worry, VLC is currently sorting out this issue and the next version will be out soon.

    No probs @ Martin !! Its my pleasure

  8. Ted said on October 22, 2010 at 3:57 am

    Try running LC with administrator privileges. That seemed to fix it for me

  9. Evan said on December 8, 2013 at 1:48 am

    I am using SMplayer 0.8.6 (64-bit) (Portable Edition) on Windows 7 x64. Even with the -nofontconfig parameter in place SMplayer still scans the fonts. Also, I have enabled normal subtitles and it is still scanning fonts before playing a video. Also, it does this every time the player opens a video after a system restart (only the fist video played).

  10. Mike Williams said on September 6, 2023 at 1:26 pm

    Does that mean that only instrumental versions of songs will be available for non-paying users?

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