Oliver Mitchell

YouTube Music Finally Rolled Out Background Playback


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About a year ago, the ambitious Google Play Music left the ranks of active platforms. It was replaced by another platform from Google called YouTube Music. But will it manage to compete with current music apps? The latest update has made it clear that YouTube Music is not keeping up with trends and introduces the already well-known background music playback function.

Better Late Than Never

Before the update release, users could not leave the app to continue enjoying their favorite tracks. They had to interrupt listening to music to send a message to someone or check the status of another app. After a long time, they can finally enjoy YouTube Music with the missing feature.

All users from different regions except Canada need to purchase YouTube Music Premium to use the full functionality of the app. In Canada, this feature will be available in November. According to Google, background playback will be a free feature for all users, but the release dates remain unknown.

Lagging Behind in the Big Game

Music app giants like SoundCloud and Spotify have been providing this feature for free for years. Even the predecessor Google Play Music has this feature. Previously, users with a paid subscription could download their music and listen to tracks in the background. But if you listened to the ad-supported streaming catalog, the music just stopped.

One of the main reasons for such a long development of the app might be a poor optimization between YouTube Music and YouTube connection. Also, it is worth paying attention to the system of musical agreements among the countries because, most likely, each country will consider it separately.

YouTube Music Premium is available for Android and iOS users and costs 9.99 dollars. What do you think about this update? Feel free to leave your comments below, and share the article if you liked it!

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