YouTube, earlier this month, announced that it is introducing a free tier of its music subscription service, YouTube Music. The new tier will be available for users in Canada starting November 3. At the time, there was no word on the rollout of this free tier plan for other markets. A few days after this announcement, YouTube is bringing another update to its music subscription service. The company has announced that users without a premium subscription will no longer be able to play videos. The company is bringing some new features that will remain exclusive to YouTube Premium or YouTube Music Premium subscribers.
In its blog post, Google stated that some features like on-demand music selection and unlimited skips will remain exclusive to its Premium subscribers. The blog post further states that premium users will continue to watch videos on YouTube Music and enjoy audio/ video streaming on the service without any ads.
YouTube Music Free tier features
Free tier members can listen to music in the background and explore songs/ playlists, free of cost. However, they will no longer be able to watch videos until they subscribe to the YouTube Music or YouTube Premium services. Free tier users will still be able to access mood mixes for various activities like workout, commutes and more. In addition, YouTube will also allow these users to shuffle play personalised mixes that are made just for them.
The changes will kick in starting November 3 in Canada. Google is currently working on the rollout plan of the new changes for the global markets and will announce the timeline in the coming days.
The changes come in less than a week after Apple announced its entry-level Apple Music Voice Plan, which uses Siri to play songs on the music streaming service. Priced at Rs 49 per month, the Apple Music Voice Plan is Apple’s most affordable Apple Music plan in India.
Amazon too announced a price hike of up to 50 percent on its Prime membership. Users will soon have to pay Rs 1,499 per year to subscribe to Prime membership. The subscription includes Amazon Music, Prime Video, a one-day delivery option, etc.
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