YouTube Music users in Canada will be able to continue listening to music in the background while doing other activities on their phone or when the screen is off beginning November 3rd.
YouTube Music’s background listening is now free in Canada
Both the standard ad-supported, personalized radio mixes and any uploaded material you’ve uploaded to your account will be supported.
YouTube Music has not made ad-free music available to users without requiring them to upgrade to Premium membership before. We don’t know if this feature will reach other countries as well. The authorities did not satisfy our curiosity about this issue, they only said: “Stay tuned for additional information and expansion plans.”
YouTube is aiming to compete with the biggest music streaming platforms like Spotify, Tidal and Apple Music.