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YouTube Music will launch free background listening starting in Canada

YouTube Music is lifting one among its most annoying limitations — however solely in Canada. Right this moment, YouTube introduced that starting November third, prospects in Canada will have the ability to proceed listening to their music in the background whereas doing different duties on their telephone or when the display screen is off.

Background listening will assist each the usual ad-supported, personalised radio mixes and any uploaded content material you’ve added to your account.

That is the primary time that YouTube Music has supplied the function with out requiring that prospects step as much as a Premium subscription to get it. As for when listeners in different international locations can anticipate to get the identical comfort, for now, YouTube is simply saying to “keep tuned for added data and growth plans.”

Free background listening is desk stakes amongst YouTube Music’s rivals, together with Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora, Tidal, and others, so that is an space the place YouTube lags its rivals. Hopefully, that growth will get underway ahead of later.

Even when background playback involves the free tier, YouTube Music Premium nonetheless has different advantages: offline downloads is the massive one, however you additionally get to hear with none adverts and seamlessly swap between common audio and music movies.

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