YouTube Music

YouTube Music

Google LLC
Music & Audio
Android OS
Varies by device

The YouTube Music app is a streaming platform that focuses on video, music, and podcast content. It is pretty much the Spotify from Google. This app provides access to unlimited music options on-demand from all genres and artists and, just like most streaming platforms, it offers free and paid versions.

With YouTube Music you can enjoy your favorite artists and songs and, thanks to their algorithm, which suggests playlists based on your taste and listening history, you can discover new content that may suit you. Also, it is a great platform for artists looking to promote and monetize their content.

YouTube Music plans

YouTube Music offers different plans depending on your budget and needs. These are the 3 main subscription options available to music lovers:

  1. Free Plan: This is the best option for those who like listening to music occasionally and do not mind having ads interrupting the content from time to time. This plan has the main features provided by YouTube Music but lacks some quite cool benefits from the Premium subscription. With the ads-supported app, you can listen to music, even in the background when you close the app, and download episodes from most podcasts.
  2. Premium Plan: This paid subscription plan offers the basic features of YouTube Music, as well as some practical benefits that take the whole user experience to a whole new level, such as downloading content, an audio-only function, and the possibility to shuffle downloads.
  3. Family Plan: Up to six members of a family can enjoy YouTube Music Premium at a more convenient price. Each member can create their own account, meaning that each can have their own personalized experience and create their own playlists. The Family Plan also comes with the unique feature "Family Mix", which combines music from all family members to create a playlist that everyone can enjoy.

YouTube Music Premium

As explained above, the Premium version has some interesting features that differentiate YouTube Music from its competitors. Here are some of those key functionalities:

  • No ads: With YouTube Music you can watch videos and listen to music without any ads interrupting the content.
  • Background play: With the Premium plan, you can keep listening to the content in the background, even when you close the app on your device.
  • Downloads: You can download music and podcast episodes on your device, which will remain in your library for 30 days. By downloading content, you will be able to listen to it anytime, anywhere, even offline. Bear in mind that the download of podcast episodes is available for all users, regardless of whether their subscription is Premium or not.
  • Smart Downloads: YouTube Music downloads music automatically based on your taste and listening history. That way, you always have something new to listen to, even when you forget to do it yourself.
  • Audio-only mode: this feature allows you to listen to music or podcasts without loading the video that comes with it. This is a great feature if you are using the app while connected to a slower network or if you want to limit your data usage.
  • Travel with YouTube Music: YouTube Music is not available in all countries or regions. However, if you travel to one of those regions where it is not available and you already have the app on your device, you will still be able to use it for another 6 months.

Bottom Line

Regardless of your plan, YouTube Music is one of the best options available for those who truly enjoy listening to music and podcasts and watching videos. The app is one of the most sophisticated options in the market and includes some key features that take the user experience to the next level.



  • It has a free version.
  • Recommends content based on your taste.
  • Convenient price for families.
  • Most features are available for Premium subscribers.
  • It is not available in all countries.
  • There are ads on the free plan.

YouTube Music

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Frequently asked questions

How much does YouTube Music cost?

That will depend on the plan of choice. YouTube Music has an ads-supported plan that is offered at no cost. If you prefer an option without ads, you can purchase a Premium subscription. The price will vary depending on the plan that you choose.

Can I download podcast episodes with the free plan?

Yes. Most podcast episodes can be downloaded with the free YouTube Music plan.

Can I keep listening to music when I close the YouTube Music app?

Yes, the YouTube Music app allows you to keep listening to music in the background when you switch to a different screen on your mobile device.


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