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YouTube Music arrives on your Sonos speakers today

YouTube Music arrives on your Sonos speakers today

If you're a YouTube Music subscriber who happens to have an arsenal of Sonos speakers, then today is a good day. Google and Sonos have flipped the switch on YouTube Music integration for the latter company's speakers, making it the latest on a long list of music services that play nice with Sonos' products. With this new functionality comes the ability to control YouTube Music from within the Sonos app as well.

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YouTube Music and Premium get special student pricing plans

YouTube Music and Premium get special student pricing plans

YouTube has added YouTube Music and YouTube Premium plans targeted at college students. Eligible students receive a discount on subscriptions, offering them an ad-free experience with the plans' extra features and lower rates. The new option better enables the service to compete with the likes of Spotify and other competitors that already offer student discounts.

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How do I get a free Google Home Mini from Spotify?

How do I get a free Google Home Mini from Spotify?

This week the folks at Google and Spotify teamed up to deliver the Google Home Mini to families across the United States. This plays in well with Google's plan to get the Google Assistant in every single home in the world, starting with these United States of America. Spotify is also glad to partake, without a doubt, as their partnerships with Google have kept them in the limelight even more than they'd been over the past several years as a premiere source for streaming music around the world.

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Pixel 3 freebie disclaimers: The fine print

Pixel 3 freebie disclaimers: The fine print

Today Google launched the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL with a couple of pretty enticing freebies onboard. One was a half-year of YouTube Music Premium for free, the other was unlimited photo storage with Google Photos (including original size photos and video, etc). Let's talk about the limits to these enticing bits before you jump in headfirst!

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YouTube Music will get tweaks and new features every two weeks

YouTube Music will get tweaks and new features every two weeks

Google plans to release improvements and new features for YouTube Music every two weeks. The decision will address many complaints subscribers have about the service, including limitations on searching for content, finding new albums, sorting content, and more. At least one feature -- support for saving to local storage -- is rolling out now.

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YouTube Music and Premium international launch: What you should know

YouTube Music and Premium international launch: What you should know

After launching in early access back in May, Google has officially opened the YouTube Music floodgates. If other music streaming services leave you wanting, you can now see if YouTube Music satisfies in a handful of regions around the world. It isn't launching alone either, as YouTube Premium is rolling out to 17 regions as well.

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YouTube Music Premium Review: Top Search, No Ads

YouTube Music Premium Review: Top Search, No Ads

This week we're taking a peek at the first release of YouTube Music Premium. That's not the same service as any one of Google's various Music-entwined services. Instead, it's an amalgamation of the parts that've worked for Google in the past. In our first look at this app and the full features it serves, I've come away cautiously optimistic.

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Get YouTube Music “early access” now: Here’s how

Get YouTube Music “early access” now: Here’s how

YouTube Music's 2018 reincarnation just launched, and it's available for SOME users. If you live in the United States, Mexico, Austalia, New Zealand, or South Korea, you might be in luck. Today Google launched "early access" to YouTube Music for some users - but not ALL users.

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YouTube Music, YouTube Premium will be included in Google Play Music subscription

YouTube Music, YouTube Premium will be included in Google Play Music subscription

This week saw the announcement of two new services from Google: YouTube Music and YouTube Premium, with the latter replacing YouTube Red. YouTube Music is the company's latest attempt at a full-fledged streaming music service, while YouTube Premium will continue offering the library of original series and movies that were previously on Red. Where this gets confusing, however, is for Google Play Music subscribers, which will exist alongside these two new services.

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YouTube Music Premium: 5 things you need to know

YouTube Music Premium: 5 things you need to know

Today Google "revealed" YouTube Music and YouTube Premium - but it's not that simple. This is a re-branding and a changing of the guard. Much like previous Google app products (we're looking at you, chat,) Google's released several products that are relatively similar. Today we're going to make sense of the whole lot.

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YouTube Music launch next week will test brand’s profitability [UPDATE: it’s official]

YouTube Music launch next week will test brand’s profitability [UPDATE: it’s official]

YouTube may be the household name when it comes to online videos and some music but when it comes to monetizing that popularity, it has nothing on Netflix, Spotify, or even Apple Music. YouTube Red was Google's attempt at turning the free video streaming service into a business, lumping together a variety of subscription-only features, whether you have need for all of those or only some. So far, however, it hasn't exactly taken off, pushing Google to launch a new YouTube Music service that will hopefully make things a bit less confusing.

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Smart speakers are music streaming’s new battleground

Smart speakers are music streaming’s new battleground

Music streaming no longer seems to be the prized cow it once was but that doesn’t mean the battle has let up in the slightest. It has just changed arenas. While mobile users are still a top priority, service providers, like much of the tech market, have shifted their eyes towards the unstoppable onslaught of smart speakers. And the way things in that market are going, it’s going to be a battle of which music streaming service has a smart speaker or can be on one, leaving the smaller players out in the cold to wither and die.

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