YouTube Music was launched in India last month with the company offering a free version with ads and Premium version starting at Rs.99 per month. YouTube Music Premium comes with background play, offline downloads, and an ad-free experience. Today, Google has announced that YouTube Music can be streamed for free on Google Home and other Google Assistant powered smart speakers.
Users can ask Google Home to play the right music for any moment or mood, and YouTube Music will play the perfect station, customized to the user’s taste. On the free version, there is no support for the ability to request specific albums, songs, artists, and playlists on-demand. But, users can upgrade to YouTube Premium to enjoy the benefits of the subscription including player controls like unlimited skips and song replay. Google is offering a 30-day free trial of YouTube Premium for new users.
In order to select YouTube Music as the default music service on Google Home, navigate to Account Settings in your Google Home app, tap Services, and select Music. Then, select YouTube Music as the default music service. If you are setting up a new Google Home speaker, choose YouTube Music as the default music service during the setup process.
The free, ad-supported YouTube Music on smart speakers is available to users in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia, Great Britain, Ireland, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Japan, Netherlands, and Austria. The feature will be available in other countries soon.
Commenting on this, James Goddard, Software Engineer for YouTube Music, said:
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, customized to your tastes based upon your request.