YouTube today announced that the YouTube Music app will enable background playback for free. The feature will be available first in Canada starting November 3.
YouTube Music app currently allows background playback only for YouTube Premium members. If you are not a paying customer, then you cannot minimize the app. If you switch to any other app or turn your screen off then the playback stops.
With this feature, users will be able to use YouTube Music app as they normally would any other music app even if they are not paying customers. They will also have access to the radio stations feature and create playlists. If you have uploaded any songs, you can also play them any time.
The free tier is ad-supported so if you don’t like listening to ads between your music then you will have to pay for the Premium plan.