A select group of YouTube listeners will have a lot to sing about on November 3. From this day forward, YouTube Music will allow music to continue playing in the background, such as when your screen is off or when you do other mobile tasks, for some users of its free service. The catch, however, is that this option alone be available in Canada.
YouTube has yet to announce additional deployments in other countries. However, the lack of a date in another country seems to be a less good sign that it will still be some time before YouTube reveals it elsewhere.
Music lovers, rejoice! 🎵 Background listening is coming to @Music Youtube app, and 🇨🇦 will be the first to take advantage of this new feature from November 3! Get radio-like listening with your screen off and don’t stop the music! 🎶🎶🎶 https://t.co/GPwRMcVhp1
– Google Canada (@googlecanada) October 4, 2021
It’s always exciting to see offline listening finally coming to phones. YouTube Music will support this functionality through a range of different listening options, including radio mixes, uploaded content, and ad-supported accounts.
First introduced with the Premium membership, the background music option costs $ 10 per month. YouTube lags behind other services like Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora, and Tidal, all of which offer free background listening with ads.
Even though background listening is coming to ad-supported YouTube Music users, there are still plenty of reasons to invest in the Premium membership. On the one hand, ad-supported background listening won’t offer offline downloads, so these users will always be at the mercy of their mobile data or Wi-Fi connection.
Most importantly, with the Premium subscription, you will enjoy an ad-free listening experience and be able to switch between audio listening and the more immersive music video listening experience. It’s also part of a seemingly bigger plan to attract more users, and includes an update to allow all OS watches to offer YouTube Music functionality.
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