YouTube Music launches on Apple Watch with basic music browsing options, playback controls, streaming, and a watch face complication.
As 2020 draws to a close, Google has removed its Google Play Music streaming service and improved YouTube Music. Recently, YouTube Music launched its new Apple app for YouTube Music Premium users, providing quick access to essential controls on the go.
In addition to the app itself, a complication is available on supported watch faces. This brings up playback controls and recommendations for new songs based on listening habits with just one click. You can also stream music to smart speaker or “Like” music.
You cannot download music to the watch for offline listening. The app acts more like a remote control, where all the music and the actual operations take place on your phone.
You need a YouTube Premium or YouTube Premium Music subscription, running the latest version of YouTube Music on iPhone, and an Apple Watch Series 3 or later, running watchOS 6 or later. Strangely, the new YouTube Music watch app is coming to Apple’s watchOS before Google’s Wear OS. YouTube says “Stay tuned for additional updates on the availability of YouTube Music on WearOS”.