YouTube Music is rolling out personal playlist playback through Google Assistant on mobile and casting without Premium membership
Google has officially killed off Google Play Music and, over the last few months, the company has been adding new features to YouTube Music to bring it at par with the outgoing service. Most recently, the company introduced support for recommended music playback via Google Assistant to the app, along with the ability to allow external devices to start playback and a ‘Recent Activity’ section. Now, according to recent posts on Reddit, Google has added support for two more Google Play Music features to the app.
The first Google Play Music to make it to YouTube Music with the recent update is the ability to cast uploaded music without a premium membership. Previously, the service required users to purchase a premium subscription to cast uploaded music to external devices. However, according to a recent post from u/prauschkolb, the app now lets you cast uploaded music without a premium membership.
Along with the ability to cast uploaded music without a YouTube Premium subscription, YouTube Music now also lets users play personal playlists via the Google Assistant. According to a Reddit post by u/M00N_Water, the feature will allow you to play your saved YouTube Music playlists by asking the Google Assistant to “play (playlist name) on YouTube Music”. The feature works for all saved playlists and even with the ‘Your Likes’ playlist. However, in order to play the liked music playlist, you’ll need to ask the Assistant to “Play my liked songs”.
As per the comments on the respective threads, both the features are now live worldwide and should be available on your device. I tested the features on YouTube Music 3.86.51 and the Google Assistant commands worked as intended. However, I didn’t find the option to cast uploaded music to an external device. Interestingly, I was able to play uploaded music in the background without a premium account, which is another significant addition.