YouTube Music has recently announced that it plans to provide an ‘audio only’ playback feature for free users on non-premium accounts. The announcement was made by the company via a long post stating that Music Videos on YouTube Music will soon become exclusive to paid subscribers, while free users will be offered an ‘audio only’ experience.
The non-premium users will not be allowed to use features like music on-demand, watching videos and skipping ads and various tracks as per choice. However, they can still listen to audio, browse songs and access songs according to different moods.
YouTube Music will reportedly implement these changes on 3 November 2021 in Canada but there are no details on when or how widely Google plans to roll out these changes. However, these changes only apply to YouTube Music and users will still have the option to watch music videos through the standard YouTube app.
In unrelated news, the social media giant Facebook is planning to change its name and the announcement is said to take place during the annual Connect Conference scheduled to take place at October 28. The company is planning to change the name and rebrand the company as it wants to focus on developing the metaverse as it wants to be seen as more than a social media company.