YouTube Music FAQs

What is YouTube Music?

Google announced YouTube Music in 2018. YouTube Music is a streaming platform that allows users to gain unlimited access to music-related content on YouTube including official songs, playlists, albums, top charts, live performances, remixes, and artist radios.

Recommendations are based on the user’s location and artist preference. Another key feature of YouTube Music is the ability to search songs based on phrases and lyrics.

YouTube Music is free to use but is supported by advertisements after every few songs. Users can also avail paid memberships to enjoy ad-free music streaming, listening offline, and background play.

What is the Difference Between Google Play Music & YouTube Music?

Google Play Music is the first music streaming service by Google. You can upload music, listen to podcasts, and browse radio stations. But, in August 2020, Google officially announced that YouTube Music will replace Google Play Music.

Since Google Play Music has been around for nine years, they helped users by creating a migration tool that will transfer their music libraries, playlists, and preferences over to YouTube Music.

YouTube Music is the better version of Google Music. You’ll get access to unlimited music-related content from YouTube including live performances, music videos, and songs. Its features are similar to Google Play Music. You can also upload your original music.

Why was Google Play Music Discontinued?

Google Play Music was discontinued because Google wants to focus on one music streaming service—YouTube Music.

Google announced that it will discontinue Google Play Music in August 2020. They allowed users to smoothly transition to YouTube Music by migrating their data to the new music streaming service.

How to Download the YouTube Music App?

For Desktop Version

If you want to download the desktop or laptop version, you need to go to the YuTube Music website using Google Chrome. On the right side of the address bar, you will see the “download” icon.

For iOS Version

Apple users can download the YouTube Music app from the AppStore.

For Android Version

Android users can download the app from Google Play.

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How Much Does YouTube Music Cost?

YouTube Music offers four plans with competitive pricing. Below are the prices and some features.

What is the Difference Between YouTube Music and YouTube Music Premium?

YouTube Music gives you unlimited access to music-related content on Youtube for free! You get unlimited skips, but after a few songs, advertisements will appear. The downside with a free plan, you won’t be able to play music in the background or when you’re using another app.

On the other hand, YouTube Music Premium is a high-quality music streaming and ad-free playback. If you’re a new user or cancelled your previous subscription for more than 6 months, you are eligible for a 1-month free trial.

Perhaps the greatest benefit of a premium subscription is you can listen to your downloaded songs and music videos without using an internet or data connection. Background play is also possible.

Can I Upload My Own Music in YouTube Music?

Just like Google Play Music, you can also upload your own songs to YouTube Music. Whether you have a free or paid subscription, you can upload original songs. However, you can only upload music using the web player. Here is a step-by-step guide:

  1. Click your icon on the upper right-hand corner then click “Upload Music” on the pop-up.

2. A pop-up window will appear and select the music file that you will upload.

3. Once you selected the file, a prompt will appear. Just click “Accept”.

4. Wait for the file to finish uploading.

5. Once done, you can check the uploaded file by clicking “Library” on top, then go to “ Songs".

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Can You Play YT Music on Smart Devices?

E.g. Amazon Echo, Apple Siri, or Google Home Smart Devices?

Yes, but the level of service and integration varies. Youtube Music can be set up as a default account on your Google Home device as the platform of choice and songs will be played automatically from YouTube music when you request. This is pretty seamless.

For other devices, there are restrictions as Google and other tech companies don't always agree on true integration. In these cases, you can still sing me music but you have to connect to your smart home devices like a Bluetooth speaker to the YouTube music app on the phone. Here’s how:

Amazon Echo

Whether you’re using an Android or Apple phone, you need to connect it to your Echo via Bluetooth.

  1. Open the Settings on your phone and select Bluetooth.

  2. If you’re not seeing your Echo on the list, just say “Alexa, pair device.” to start searching for your Echo.

  3. Once successfully paired, you can now play YouTube Music.

Apple Siri Can be enabled to work with YT Music:

Before anything else, your iPhone or iPad should run iOS 13.2 to be able to use Siri to control the YouTube Music app. Also make sure that the YouTube Music app is downloaded on your device.

  1. Launch Settings on your device.

  2. Tap the YouTube Music app.

  3. Tap Siri & Search.

  4. Enable “Use with Ask Siri”

That’s it! You can now use Siri commands to play YouTube Music. Then connect to Bluetooth speaker.

Google Home

Use the Google Home App you set up Youtube music as your music provider, and it will work seamlessly.

  • You can play YouTube Music on Google Home using voice commands.

  • To request a song, say "Hey. Google.", followed by "Play <song name>".

  • To request an album,, "Play <album> by <artist.>.

  • To stop the music, you can say "Hey Google, stop the music." or simply "Hey Google, stop".

Can I Transfer Playlists Between Different Music Streaming Platforms like Spotify, Amazon Music, or Apple Music?

Yes, but you need to use third-party software Soundiiz and TuneMyMusic.

Does YouTube Music Have Podcasts?

As of the moment, YouTube Music doesn’t offer podcasts or live radios, unlike Google Play Music. This is one of the key differences between Google Play Music and YouTube Music.

If you want to listen to podcasts, YouTube recommends users use Google Podcasts.

Are Lyrics Available in YouTube Music?

YouTube announced last 2020 that their users can now view the lyrics while listening to a song. However, this feature is only available on their iOS and Android versions.

To view the lyrics on your YouTube Music app, just tap the “ⓘ” button.

How is the Streaming Quality of YouTube Music Compared to Apple Music’s High-Quality Streaming?

With YouTube Music, you can select from different audio quality settings This is helpful if you're using your cellular data.

  • Low - 48kbps (saves data and storage)

  • Normal - 128kbps (default setting)

  • High - 256kbps (highest quality)

Currently, Apple Music streams 256kbps AAC files. Apple Music supports Lossless and Spatial Audios which improves the listening experience of their users. Spatial Audio gives users a multi-denominational listening experience. Lossless Audio will let users hear the exact quality when the artist recorded in the studio.

Despite different audio qualities from different music streaming platforms, most listeners will not notice any difference between a low-quality audio and a high-quality audio.

What's the difference between streaming and downloading n YouTube Music?

Streaming means you're playing music in the YouTube Music app or website using an internet or data connection.

Whereas, downloading means your choosing a song or playlist to download for offline listening.