Finally, There's a Way to Play YouTube Music in the Background

The music-streaming app just launched in the Philippines.

( We are in the age of technological marvels—and yet, for some reason, we still can't play a YouTube video on our phone without keeping the app open. Well, looks like we've finally got one possible way to do the unthinkable: The YouTube Music Premium app lets you do exactly that, for a subscription fee. The music-streaming app of the video-sharing platform giant just dropped in the Philippines today, November 6

YouTube Music App screenshot

At first glance, it might not add up, but YouTube actually accounted for 47% of the world's music consumption in 2018, making it the go-to app for people who want to stream music. YouTube Music takes this corner of the incredibly diverse—an understatement, we know—video-sharing platform, and rolls it up into one app.

YouTube Music app screenshot
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The app works much like any other music-streaming service, with some titles available both as a song and a video. You can also watch more than just official music videos; the app has live performances, remixes, covers and user-uploaded content, according to a report by StraitsTimes. Plus, you can skip as many songs and videos as you like without paying the subscription fee. 

If you sign up for YouTube Music Premium for P129 a month, then you get access to background play—yes, both video and music clips will continue even if you're on a different app! There'll be no ads and you can download as much as you like for offline streaming. If you're not ready to commit yet, you can sign up for a free one-month trial.

Download YouTube Music for Android and iOS.

Main image from Juja Han/Unsplash

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