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Don’t Stop the Music

  • By Jason Robinson
  • Product Manager, YouTube Music
  • Oct.04.2021
Don’t Stop the Music
Introducing a new YouTube Music app listening experience

From introducing personalized mixes for your everyday moods and moments to bringing you the most popular music from every part of the globe, YouTube Music looks to provide its users with the most immersive music experience imaginable. Every new update to YouTube Music begins by listening to people, and we’ve heard you loud and clear: Keep the music playing. 


Today, we’re excited to announce that we will begin rolling out background listening to music listeners in Canada, free of charge, beginning on November 3, 2021! 


This update will allow people to continue listening to YouTube Music while using other apps or when your screen is off. Within this, you can engage with the YouTube Music app through an exciting ad-supported, radio-like experience featuring the artists, songs, and albums you love, plus personalized mixes on shuffle—all without the hassle of having to keep the YouTube Music app open on your device. 


Here’s what you’ll get:


  • Listen to your music in the background: You can now keep your music playing after minimizing the app or turning off your screen. Go on a run, answer a text, or check some emails without stopping your music.


  • Enjoy continuous stations and shuffle: Dive into this new playback experience with continuous radio stations based on your favorite songs, albums, and artists. Further your listening through personalized playlists on shuffle, like Mixed for you on the Home tab, which features mixes inspired by your ever-changing music ecosystem. If you've uploaded songs on the YouTube Music app, you can continue to play them anytime, and you can also keep streaming music and videos, on-demand, with the YouTube app.


  • Focus on what’s important: With Google Assistant driving mode, drivers can now keep their focus on the road while staying safe and entertained with a hands-free YouTube Music experience. 


Stay tuned for additional information and expansion plans. In the meantime, sit back, relax, and don’t stop the music!


If you don’t already have YouTube Music, download the YouTube Music app in the Play Store or App Store.