YouTube to begin rolling out ‘background listening’ to Canadians

YouTube will begin rolling out background listening to music listeners in Canada, free of charge, beginning Nov. 3.

YouTube will start rolling out a “radio-like” background listening experience to Canadians, free of charge, starting next month.

Starting Nov. 3, YouTube Music listeners in Canada will be the first to enjoy the new feature before it becomes available globally, said Jason Robinson, Product Manager, YouTube Music, in a Google Canada blog post Monday.

The update will allow users to continue listening to YouTube Music while using other apps, texting, or while their screen is off. The feature is ad-supported, promising a “radio-like experience featuring the artists, songs, and albums you love, plus personalized mixes on shuffle without the hassle of having to keep the YouTube Music app open on your device.”

The new playback experience includes what YouTube calls “continuous radio stations” based on user behaviour, in addition to a hands-free YouTube Music experience integrated with Google Assistant driving mode for those listening in-car.

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