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YouTube Music to Start Becoming Audio-Only for Free Listeners

Users who haven’t subscribed to YouTube Premium or YouTube Music Premium will also not get features including on-demand music selection and unlimited skips.

YouTube Music will become audio-only and can presently don’t play recordings with the expectation of complimentary audience members. The change will at first carry out to users in Canada beginning November 3 — alongside the anticipated background play feature for the users who have not subscribed to YouTube Premium or YouTube Music Premium. It will, however, not bring any updates to subscribers to YouTube Premium as they will continue to be able to watch videos on the YouTube Music app.

Through a definite post on its Community discussions, YouTube declared that recordings on YouTube Music will become elite to YouTube Premium endorsers as free audience members can presently don’t watch them until they get to the paid membership. Clients who don’t have the YouTube Premium or YouTube Music Premium membership will likewise not get highlights remembering for request music choice and limitless skips.

The changes to the YouTube Music free tier will be coming alongside background play that was first announced earlier this month and is coming on November 3. The update is also noted as a Canada first move, though YouTube is yet to reveal its “global expansion plans”. This means that the impact of the new move will initially be limited to Canadian users.

Recently, Apple presented Apple Music Voice as another membership level for its YouTube Music rival Apple Music. The new arrangement costs Rs. 49 (or $4.99 in the US) a month to offer music streaming solely through Siri. It, however, doesn’t include features such as spatial audio and lossless audio and access to music videos that will be exclusive to people subscribing to Apple Music’s individual and family plans.