YouTube To Launch Free Background Listening In Canada First
By Stefan Tasevski
We all know YouTube Music has some limitations. But if we were to pick the biggest one of them all, it would definitely be the inability to listen to music with the app in the background. Whether you are scrolling through social media feeds or just having your device locked and in your bag, this has so far not been an option.
Things are changing, however – YouTube announced that beginning Nov. 3, the app will enable users to continue listening to music in the background while doing other tasks. This new feature will premiere for customers in Canada, supporting both the standard ad-supported and personalized radio mixes, as well as any other uploaded content that was added within the account.
For the first time, people will be able to listen to music on YouTube without a Premium subscription. In other words, the feature will be free for all users, and as they said, additional information and expansion plans” are on the way.
Free background listening has been one of the drawbacks that YouTube Music has had so far, and probably one of the reasons why people have been flocking to apps like Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora, Tidal, and others. Hopefully, the new feature will prevent this from happening and benefit the company.
For users enjoying the ad-free YouTube Premium, this will be a cherry on the cake – they will be able to download music offline, listen without distractions and seamlessly switch between regular audio and music videos.