17 August 2021
If you are YouTube Music’s premium subscriber, you might be enjoying one of its interesting features, which is background playing. This feature allows users to play music in the background just like any other music streaming app. You can minimize the app or turn off your screen to enjoy the background play. Unfortunately, if you are not a paying customer, then you can’t minimize the app.
Interestingly, YouTube is now making this feature available to just everyone, well, at least, for the users in Canada starting November 3. YouTube hasn’t mentioned in the blog post when this feature will roll out globally for free.
It should be noted that the feature is rolling out for the ad-supported YouTube Music, which means the ads will continue to play. YouTube touts this way users will unlock a radio-like experience where they can enjoy music and live performances from various artists alongside the advertisements. Well, it’s similar to any other ad-supported music streaming app that you might already use, but YouTube has its way of promoting it.
YouTube Music app debuted globally back in 2018 with features like ad-free music, listen in the background and downloads. Later, YouTube made available this app to more and more countries. Today, one feature has made its way to the ad-supported version of the app.
The new feature is rolling to the ad-supported YouTube Music app on Android and iOS. The global rollout plans of this feature are unknown at the moment.