Google brings free streaming music to Google Home

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Not everybody wants to pay $9.99 a month for the Youtube Music Premium service, but Google Home smart speakers now allow users to access free playlists, as long as they are willing to put up with ads.

Google is bringing an ad-supported version of its Youtube Music to the smart speaker. More like Pandora or Spotify’s artist radio, users will not be able to request a track directly, but Google will play music related to the requested artist.

If you would like more control (and no ads of course) you can always pay for full YouTube Music, but this seems to be a great solution for playing background music around your home (multiple speakers are also supported) without taking up any of your Spotify user slots.

Youtube Music is unique to Google Home smart speakers, with Alexa not supporting it, and is available in 16 countries including UK, USA and Australia.

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