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In April 2019, Google announced the launch of a free, ad-supported version of its YouTube Music streaming service for use with Google Home and other smart speakers that feature its voice-activated assistant.

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Essentially, the free streaming tier means that you can listen to songs from the YouTube Music catalog, interspersed with occasional ads, on your Google Home or other Google Assistant-powered speaker right out of the box.

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 a station customized to your tastes based upon your request. So you could say, for example, "Hey Google, play music for working out," and your speaker will fill the room with some upbeat tunes.

At the time of writing, free, ad-supported YouTube Music is available on smart speakers in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia, Great Britain, Ireland, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Japan, Netherlands, and Austria. Google is also working to make the service available in more countries.

To enable free, ad-based YouTube Music on your smart speaker, simply follow these steps.
  1. Launch the Google Home app on your iPhone, iPad, or Android device.
  2. Tap the account Settings option on the app's main Home screen.
    how-to-enable-free-youtube-music-on-google-home-speaker-800x511.jpg

    Scroll down and tap Music.
  3. Tap YouTube Music to link the streaming service to your smart speaker and make it your default music provider.
That's all there is to it. If you have an Echo device instead of a Google Home device, you can listen to Amazon's new free music service instead just by asking Alexa to play a station based on a song, artist, era, genre, or an Amazon Music global playlist.

Article Link: How to Listen to YouTube Music for Free on Your Google Home or Google Assistant Speaker
 

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In April 2019, Google announced the launch of a free, ad-supported version of its YouTube Music streaming service for use with Google Home and other smart speakers that feature its voice-activated assistant.

Google-Home-800x450.jpg

Essentially, the free streaming tier means that you can listen to songs from the YouTube Music catalog, interspersed with occasional ads, on your Google Home or other Google Assistant-powered speaker right out of the box.

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 a station customized to your tastes based upon your request. So you could say, for example, "Hey Google, play music for working out," and your speaker will fill the room with some upbeat tunes.

At the time of writing, free, ad-supported YouTube Music is available on smart speakers in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia, Great Britain, Ireland, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Japan, Netherlands, and Austria. Google is also working to make the service available in more countries.

To enable free, ad-based YouTube Music on your smart speaker, simply follow these steps.
  1. Launch the Google Home app on your iPhone, iPad, or Android device.
  2. Tap the account Settings option on the app's main Home screen.
    how-to-enable-free-youtube-music-on-google-home-speaker-800x511.jpg

    Scroll down and tap Music.
  3. Tap YouTube Music to link the streaming service to your smart speaker and make it your default music provider.
That's all there is to it. If you have an Echo device instead of a Google Home device, you can listen to Amazon's new free music service instead just by asking Alexa to play a station based on a song, artist, era, genre, or an Amazon Music global playlist.

Article Link: How to Listen to YouTube Music for Free on Your Google Home or Google Assistant Speaker
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I personally like the idea, the quality is good enough to for casual listening, and offer added value to Google home, Apple should take a note for homepod and offer at least a Music lite version.
 
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What constitutes the YouTube music catalog? I listen to tons of music on YouTube that either never finds its way to Spotify or AppleMusic, or is unavailable outside of certain regions. These tend to be videos posted by small record labels or even individuals.
 
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Hmm...and have my conversations spied on, shared as audio files and sent over employee chat rooms, like Amazon did? No thanks.
 
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Studies have shown most people can’t notice any different past this point. And if there is a difference it’s absolutely marginal on 99% of consumer speakers. Only on very high end ones would it be noticeable at all.
But you can tell when the uploader of the video did more damage such as MP3 conversion or even lower bitrate encoding.
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What constitutes the YouTube music catalog? I listen to tons of music on YouTube that either never finds its way to Spotify or AppleMusic, or is unavailable outside of certain regions. These tend to be videos posted by small record labels or even individuals.
Same. Also those "lofi chill jazz music for studying" streams. I listen to music all day at work, just on regular youtube.com in my browser with adblock.
 
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