Google Home smart speakers can now play music from YouTube Music's free advertising-funded level. Previously, to listen to YouTube music on your Google Assistant smart speaker, you had to subscribe to Google's YouTube Music Premium paid service for $ 9.99 a month. The new service is now available on the Google Home speaker and other Google Assistant smart speakers in 16 countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia.
Unfortunately, the free level does not allow you to request specific songs from the smart speaker. Instead, it is intended for playlists such as "Latin Vibes". creep from Radiohead, our smart speaker played what he thought was a Nirvana-related song rather than the Radiohead song we had requested … after playing an album for YouTube Music Premium, of course.
You can set the default streaming music service used by your smart speaker by going to the "Music" section of the "Settings" menu of the Google Home app. From there, you can select YouTube Music as your default music service.
None of YouTube Music's levels are currently supported on smart speakers featuring voice assistant Alexa, a competitor of Amazon.
Listening to music from a smart speaker eliminates one of the biggest frustrations associated with using the free level of YouTube Music, namely that its application does not support the music playback in the background. Unless you pay for its premium level, you need to leave your phone's screen turned on and the YouTube Music app open for your music to keep playing. Without a screen or multi-tasking, the smart speaker does not suffer from any such problem.