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Google brings YouTube Premium and Music to a bunch of new European nations

Little by little, Google's been making YouTube Premium and YouTube Music available to more and more users. Sometimes that means making the services available on new devices, or offering discounts to lower the barrier to entry. But a lot of the time, it's just about rolling them out to new countries. So far this year we've seen expansion into India, South Africa, and Latin America, and today that trend continues with a push further into Europe.

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YouTube Music adds local in-app audio playback with new 'Device Files' tab

YouTube Music has been groomed as a replacement for Play Music ever since Google rebranded its YouTube services last year, though we haven't seen much movement in that regard. About a month ago, YouTube Music gained the ability to act as a media player for local files, though only through other apps like file managers. Now, in-app local playback is being rolled out, paving the way for Play Music's deprecation.

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Limited ad-supported YouTube Music now free on Google Home

The Google Home and other Assistant-powered smart speakers already work with several major streaming services, including Google Play Music, Spotify, YouTube Music, Pandora, and Deezer. Unlike Play Music, Spotify, and Pandora, YouTube didn't work at all if you didn't have a premium subscription until now.

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YouTube Music can now act as a media player for files stored on your phone

Google has been pitching YouTube Music as an eventual replacement for Google Play Music since the company refocused what it was for last year, but it's still missing plenty of features. You still can't access your Google Play Music uploads from YouTube Music, and there's no easy way to import playlists or libraries between the two services. However, YouTube Music has just picked up the ability to play locally stored audio files — though, sadly, only via external means like file managers. In-app local media playback is still absent.

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YouTube Premium and Music now available in South Africa and many Latin American countries

Just a few hours ago, Google announced that YouTube Premium and YouTube Music had made their way to India. Oddly enough, it neglected to mention the 13 other countries both services just debuted in. Of these 13, 12 are in Central and South America, with the odd duck out being South Africa.

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YouTube Music and Premium launch in India, starting at ₹99 ($1.42 USD) per month

Google has a unique position with YouTube Music, since YouTube itself is home to countless music-related videos. Indian users can now join in on the fun, with both YouTube Music and Premium officially launching in the country.

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YouTube Music comes to Google Home in many more countries (Europe, Japan, Canada)

As the story goes, Google isn't particularly good at making its own services and apps work together. Take YouTube Music for example. It took months for the streaming service to be available on Android Auto and as an alarm provider in the Clock app, and it still isn't integrated in Google Maps the way Spotify and Play Music are. But things are ever-so-slowly improving. You can (now) pick YouTube Music to be your music provider on Google Assistant and Home speakers in many, many more countries.

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YouTube Music v3.03 and earlier: Device limits, personal audio library, autoplay, and more [APK Teardown]

With YouTube Music set to eventually replace Google Play Music entirely — the last GPM update with any appreciable change was a year ago — the developers are in the process of migrating features  so users won't be left wanting for too much. Since the last several versions have only contained minor visual tweaks and some of the signs of feature migration, we've been waiting for something more substantial to cover, and with the version number jumping to 3.0 and adding Android Auto support, this seemed like a good time. This post will contain the collective changes and teardown topics from the last few versions.

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Google Clock 6.1 adds music alarms for Pandora and YouTube Music [APK Download]

Last year, Google added the ability to select songs, playlists, or albums from Spotify as alarm sounds in its Clock application. Google Clock 6.1 is now rolling out in the Play Store, and it expands on this feature — users can now pick music from Pandora and YouTube Music.

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YouTube Music finally comes to Android Auto [APK Download]

There's probably no other feature that's more often cited as missing from YouTube Music than Android Auto support. Sure, you can manually start and control the app on your phone while it's connected to the car and get music, but this is clearly not what people are asking for. Hints about in-car support were added to the apk a few months ago, but that promise has finally come through. As of version 3.03, you can now use YouTube Music directly through the Android Auto interface.

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