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YouTube Music Now Streaming Free on Smart Speakers

In some time, the feature would roll out to more countries also, Goddard added

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The YouTube Music app is displayed on a mobile phone in Los Angeles. VOA

Google-owned YouTube is now offering its music streaming service for free on Google Home as well as other Assistant-powered smart speakers.

“With YouTube Music and Google Home, you can ask Google Home to play the right music for any moment or mood and YouTube Music will play the perfect station,” James Goddard, Software Engineer for YouTube Music, wrote in a blog-post on Thursday.

Along with a free 30-day trial, YouTube Premium subscribers would be allowed to request specific albums, songs, artists and playlists on-demand along with other player controls like unlimited skips and song replay.

YouTube Music’s Premium pack costs $9.99 a month in international markets.

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Users who don’t have a YouTube Premium subscription can play a video (non-music one) then exit the app and see if it stops or goes into PiP mode. Pixabay

To take on other music players, the services launched in India last month and costs Rs 99 a month.

“If you already have a Google Home, navigate to Account Settings in your Google Home app, tap Services and select Music. Select YouTube Music as the default music service,” Goddard said.

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The free, ad-supported YouTube Music is available on smart speakers in the US, Canada, Mexico, Australia, the UK, Ireland, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Japan, the Netherlands, and Austria.

In some time, the feature would roll out to more countries also, Goddard added. (IANS)

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YouTube Music Hits 3 Million Downloads Within a Week of its Launch in India

Other senior executives from music labels and prominent personalities from the Indian music fraternity such as Javed Akhtar also marked their presence in YouTube Music’s celebration

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Online music streaming app YouTube Music announced that it has hit three million downloads within a week of its launch in India.

Earlier in March, Google-owned content sharing app YouTube launched its paid service called YouTube Premium and its music streaming app, YouTube Music in India, to take on international music streaming platforms like Apple Music, Spotify and Amazon Music as well as domestic music players like JioSaavn and Gaana in the country.

YouTube Premium, that costs Rs 129 a month, includes membership to YouTube Music Premium, offering users ad-free services, background play and offline download feature.

“Our tremendous scale and reach is why many talented artists and creators across India come to YouTube to share their voice with the world,” said Susan Wojcicki, Chief Executive Officer of YouTube, on Monday.

“It’s why we’re seeing Indian artists connect with fans from Delhi to New York and everywhere in between.”

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The YouTube Music app is displayed on a mobile phone in Los Angeles. VOA

Wojcicki noted that by 2020, it is expected that 500 million internet users in India will consume online video both, for entertainment, sharing and learning.

“We are incredibly excited to partner with Indian artists and labels to grow faster and go further,” said Lyor Cohen, Global Head of Music for YouTube.

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To celebrate their success in India, YouTube celebrated with the Indian music fraternity where artists like Badshah, Guru Randhawa and Harshdeep Kaur performed alongside international DJ Alan Walker.

Other senior executives from music labels and prominent personalities from the Indian music fraternity such as Javed Akhtar also marked their presence in YouTube Music’s celebration. (IANS)