Google Follows Amazon With Free Ad-Supported YouTube Music

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In the wake of reports that Amazon is planning to introduce an ad-supported free music streaming service, Google has announced its own free version of YouTube Music on Google Home speakers and other Google Assistant-powered speakers.

Youtube Music is reportedly taking over Google Play Music as the default music app on most Android devices.

The ad-supported free version of YouTube Music is available in Australia, the US, as well as numerous European countries with more to be added in the future.

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However, although restrictive, listeners will have access to YouTube Music’s full library of tracks for free.

Amazon and Google have begun to co-operate agreeing to offer YouTube on Amazon devices and Prime Video on Chromecast, as well as their respective ad-supported music services.

After the news broke about Amazon shares in Spotify dived 4%, with this extra competition lining up, the outlook doesn’t look great for the Swedish streaming giant.

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