YouTube Music is set to introduce podcasts to the platform officially. The reported update will allow users to listen to podcasts for free in the background.
YouTube Music Podcasts
Podcasts finally have started to arrive for YouTube Music users in the United States. The reported change will now allow users to tune into podcasts directly on the YouTube Music app, a place where you can gain access to on-demand, offline streams that support background listening without a Premium subscription needed.
YouTube initially announced that it was bringing podcasts to its music streaming platform at The Verge’s Hot Pod Summit back in February, and now it is rolling out to users gradually. The YouTube Music app will now have a dedicated podcast tab where you can easily browse through shows that were limited to the main YouTube app at a certain point in time. You also can swap between the audio as well as the video versions of a podcast while making use of YouTube Music.
The Move Will Help YouTube Music Compete with Its Competitors
Adding podcasts to YouTube Music should help the service and platform to better compete with Spotify, which just hit 500 million monthly active users in the earlier parts of this week. YouTube reported having around 80 million Music and Premium subscribers in November of the previous year, while Spotify, on the other hand, states that it has around 210 million paying users on its platform.
Podcasts Are Only Available To Users of YouTube Music in the US for Now
Podcasts For now are only available to users of YouTube Music in the US, but YouTube now says that it plans on bringing the feature to other countries in the nearest future. The feature however is available on the YouTube Music app across iOS, and Android, as well as on the web.
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