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

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    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.


    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.

      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
  2. kis macrumors 65816

    Aug 10, 2007
    And if you have a HomePod, you can listen to nothing fro free.
  3. iGeek2014 macrumors 68020

    Jun 29, 2014
    === Nowheresville ===
    And then find yourself spending more time listening to adverts than you do actual music....
  4. chiguimania macrumors member


    Dec 29, 2008
    128kbps Youtube compressed music? No thank you!
  5. davie18 macrumors 6502

    Dec 29, 2010
    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.
  6. Mr Magoo macrumors newbie

    Mr Magoo

    Mar 1, 2019
    Wouldn’t you like to know
    No thanks.
  7. YaBe, Apr 20, 2019
    Last edited by a moderator: Apr 20, 2019

    YaBe macrumors 6502a


    Oct 5, 2017
    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.
  8. D4vidrim macrumors newbie

    Dec 8, 2013
    Actually you can listen to Beats 1 for free and - as I recall - ads free.
  9. riverfreak macrumors 65816


    Jan 10, 2005
    Thonglor, Bangkok
    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.
  10. Amacfa macrumors 68000


    May 22, 2009
    Hmm...and have my conversations spied on, shared as audio files and sent over employee chat rooms, like Amazon did? No thanks.
  11. fairuz macrumors 68000


    Aug 27, 2017
    Silicon Valley
    But you can tell when the uploader of the video did more damage such as MP3 conversion or even lower bitrate encoding.
    --- Post Merged, Apr 20, 2019 ---
    Same. Also those "lofi chill jazz music for studying" streams. I listen to music all day at work, just on regular in my browser with adblock.
  12. Tyree D. macrumors newbie

    Tyree D.

    Apr 20, 2019

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