Last March the music service YouTube Music reached the speakers Google Home, but only did so for users subscribed to the paid version YouTube Music Premium, leaving out of this integration users with a free account, until now…
YouTube Music already allows users to use Google Home speakers to listen to their millions of songs for free in exchange for putting advertising between songs and other limitations that we will see below.
How to listen to free music with YouTube Music
YouTube Music currently allows you to listen to music on a Google Home, Home Mini and Home Max loudspeaker in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia, Great Britain, Ireland, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Japan, the Netherlands and Austria.
The free version of YouTube Music has the same limitations as Spotify. Apart from putting ads between songs, it does not allow us to play specific requests or repeat songs. We can only listen to radio stations and music related to the album, song or playlist we ordered. In addition, we can only skip up to 6 songs per hour. You will have to pay 9.99 euros/month to skip these limitations.
To listen to music with the Google Assistant you can use some of these “Ok Google…” commands:
- Listen to music
- “Put [artist’s name].”
- “Play music [genre/mood state/broadcaster].”
- Personalized suggestions: “Put on some music.”
- Control playback:
- Pause or stop: “Pause” or “Pause the music.
- Resume: “Resume” or “Keep playing.
- Next: “Next,” “Skip,” or “Next Song.
- Previous: “Previous” or “Play previous”.
- Get information: “What’s playing?”.
- Selecting a Default Music Service
In order for our speaker to default to YouTube Music music we have to follow these steps:
- Launch the Google Assistant by holding down the start button or say “Ok Google”.
- Click on the compass icon (Browse), then on your profile icon and then on Settings.
- On the Services tab, click Music.
- Select your favorite music service.