The YouTube Music app is now available for Apple Watch. Users can browse music collections, control playback, and select streaming options directly using the app on their Apple Watch. To use the app, users must have the latest version of YouTube Music, an Apple Watch Series 3 or higher (running watchOS 6 or higher), a YouTube Premium subscription, and of course, a iPhone. As Google prepares to shut down Google Play Music later this month to focus on a single music streaming platform, it has introduced new features for YouTube Music. Notably, the launch of the YouTube Music app on the Apple Watch precedes a launch on the Wear OS by Google wearable platform.
YouTube announced that the app will come with a complication (a term for a watch function outside of the timekeeping) – a personalization feature on the Apple Watch that allows users to view relevant information directly on the watch face. The YouTube Music complication will give users direct access to playback controls, as well as recommendations for new songs based on their listening habits. They can also stream music from their iPhone directly to their speaker at the push of a button.
“Whether you’re going for a run, bike ride, or just take a walk around the house, YouTube Music for Apple Watch puts playback controls at your fingertips,” the YouTube Music team said in a blog post. You can download it to your Apple Watch from the App Store.
As Google Play Music prepares to shut down later this month, parent company Google has focused on YouTube Music, introducing several new features. Now, users can play personal playlists through Google Assistant and stream their downloaded music to devices and speakers (this feature was previously limited to premium subscribers). It has also expanded its Explore tab to include global YouTube graphics.
Earlier this week, Google also rolled out new features to improve the experience of the YouTube Music app on TVs. In the blog post, discussing its YouTube Music plans for smartwatches, including those powered by its own Wear OS platform, the company said, “This is just the start for YouTube Music on smartwatches. Stay tuned for further updates on the availability of YouTube Music on Wear. “
Are Apple Watch SE and 8th Generation iPad the Perfect “Affordable” Products for India? We discussed it on Orbital, our weekly tech podcast, which you can subscribe to through Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.