YouTube today declared that the YouTube Music app will enable background playback for free. The feature will be available first in Canada beginning November 3.
YouTube Music has declared that all users in Canada will want to access background listening with the mobile apps on Android and iOS for free from November 3.
YouTube Music is lifting one of its most irritating limitations — however just in Canada. Today, YouTube declared that starting November 3rd, customers in Canada will want to keep listening to their music in the background while doing different tasks on their phones or when the screen is off.
The feature is as yet restricted to YouTube Music and YouTube Premium subscribers in different regions, yet those in Canada are being picked as the first region to access background playback without charge. This implies that you’re ready to play without having the app open directly, like when your screen is off or when in another application.
Background listening will support both the standard ad-supported, personalized radio mixes and any transferred content you’ve added to your account.
This is the first time when YouTube Music has offered the feature without requiring that customers move forward to a Premium subscription to get it. Concerning when listeners in different countries can hope to get a similar accommodation, for now, YouTube is just saying to “stay tuned for additional information and expansion plans.”
YouTube Music app at present permits background playback just for YouTube Premium members. If you are not a paying customer, you can’t minimize the app. If you change to some other app or turn your screen off, the playback stops.
With this feature, users will want to use YouTube Music app as they typically would some other music app regardless of whether they are not paying customers. They will likewise access the radio stations feature and make playlists. On the off chance that you have uploaded any songs, you can likewise play them any time.
The free tier is ad-supported so on the off chance that you don’t like listening to ads between your music, you should pay for the Premium plan.
Free background listening is table stakes among YouTube Music’s competitors, including Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora, Tidal, and others, so this is a region where YouTube slacks its opponents. Ideally, that development will get in progress sooner than later.
Regardless of whether background playback comes to the free tier, YouTube Music Premium has different advantages: offline downloads are the big one, however, you additionally will listen with no ads and consistently switch between regular audio and music videos.
Notwithstanding, this won’t remove ads from the service. Instead, it will make an experience like that of Spotify where 30 minutes of listening are presented before ad playback. A new playback experience that automatically rearranges albums, songs, and playlists are part of this rollout as well. Background listening with YouTube Music won’t be restricted to those on Android either and will likewise be available on iOS through the dedicated iPhone and iPad app.
It’s not completely clear if or when different regions will get comparative free access to background listening with the YouTube Music app — and, along these lines, making Canada a test region before a more extensive rollout. One would bet that YouTube will want to more readily decide what this change means for the utilization of the application and make important changes before such a development. That said, the declaration post notes “additional information and expansion plans” will come soon.
The update will permit clients to keep listening to YouTube Music in the background while using other apps or with their screens locked.
Background play is right now just available on YouTube Music Premium, which costs $9.99 or $4.99 per month, contingent upon whether you take on an individual or family plan.
In contrast to the Premium service, the free YouTube Music will contain ads, operating like that of Spotify’s free subscription service.
Clients can likewise partake in a new playback mode that incorporates continuous radio stations dependent on their favorite songs, albums, and artists. The app will likewise feature personalized playlists on shuffle, like the “Mixed For You” section on the Home tab, which features mixes inspired by your changing music ecosystem and habits.
Concerning songs you’ve uploaded onto the YouTube Music app, you’ll have the option to play them in the background without ads.
The feature will be available for the two iOS and Android users, with guarantees of future “expansion plans” to come.