Five years after its launch, YouTube Music is still working on the main features of the Music app. October
October marks the one-year anniversary of the death of Google Play Music, and the only sad shadow of the alternative music service, YouTube Music, in the Google Music ecosystem with the release of a new feature that shows just how far the war continues: background music streaming. Previously, playing a streaming song on the ad-supported YouTube Music app only worked if you opened the app — with the music turned off on another device on your phone. Now, five years after launching the service and one year after shutting down Google Play Music, you can now use YouTube Music as - well -
READ MORE RIP Music Google Play, 2011-2020 Latest Details: This very basic feature will only arrive in Canada next month. For now, others are still unable to use YouTube Music as a normal music player without paying for the services. Google says that free background play will sometimes be available to "listeners around the world," but it hasn't announced a timeline.
SoundCloud and Spotify offer free background streaming - like Google Play Music before it turned off - but YouTube Music hasn't been able to replicate this feature in the past five years. YouTube Music Premium subscribers for $9.99 can play music in the background, and this feature is available for music you uploaded yourself. But if you're listening to an ad-supported streaming catalog, the music stops in the background.Ads
Free YouTube Row also limits background playback, and the mixed connection between YouTube Music and YouTube is our best guess as to why YouTube Music is so slow to use this feature. The YouTube Music transaction likely won't let you play in the background for an additional fee, and since music transactions are country-based, it makes sense to renegotiate YouTube Music in individual countries and Canada first.
YouTube says the feature will launch on November 3 in Canada.
YouTube Music continues to accelerate the icy development and add background playback
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