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If you want to stream music for free on mobile devices What Is the Best Way to Stream Music for Free on Android? What Is the Best Way to Stream Music for Free on Android? There are a ton of free music-streaming apps for Android, but how are they different and which is your best option? Read More , one of the best options currently available is YouTube Music (available on Android and on iOS). This app lets you browse and listen to YouTube as if it were a music streaming service, making it a formidable competitor to the likes of Spotify, Pandora, etc.

It gets even better if you subscribe to the YouTube Red program Is YouTube Red Worth the Money? 7 Things You Need to Consider Is YouTube Red Worth the Money? 7 Things You Need to Consider YouTube Red has made headlines, both good and bad, but is the $10-a-month subscription service actually worth the money? Here, we look at the facts, and draw some conclusions. Read More  because Red membership unlocks a special feature: the ability to stream audio without video, which can save a ton on bandwidth and data usage. But what if you don’t have a Red membership?

Fortunately, YouTube recently added a new feature that lets you only stream when you’re connected to a Wi-Fi network. It’s a common feature in streaming apps like this, so it’s strange that it took this long to be implemented, but the good news is that it is here, so you should enable it ASAP.

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All you have to do is open the side menu, select Settings, and tick the checkbox for the setting labeled Stream via Wi-Fi only. If you still want to stream on mobile data but only in non-HD quality, tick the checkbox for Limit mobile data usage instead.

The best part is that these options are available even if you’re just a free user, but you should still consider getting a Red membership anyway. Despite some of the downsides to the Red program 4 Reasons YouTube Red Is Bad for the YouTube Community 4 Reasons YouTube Red Is Bad for the YouTube Community Google just announced YouTube Red. YouTube is a different kind of service with a big community. So, is YouTube Red good or bad for the video site in the long term? Read More , you get a lot of neat benefits like ad-free browsing and access to YouTube’s library of original shows and films We Watched Scare PewDiePie So You Don't Have To We Watched Scare PewDiePie So You Don't Have To Are these YouTube Red Originals worth the price tag? We watched the first batch so, well, you don't have to. Here's what we thought... Read More .

Do you use YouTube Music? If so, what do you like most about it? If not, why not and what would convince you to start using it? Share with us down in the comments below!

  1. Ben
    April 18, 2016 at 10:26 am

    Google removed a great app from the Play Store then added the feature to their YouTube Red pay service. The app had the ability to play YouTube videos audio tracks without adverts. They also use an icon too-close-to-the-original-to-be-accidental for it. It's a shame when the big guys step on the little guys to get ahead.

    • Joel Lee
      April 18, 2016 at 9:58 pm

      Hmm, do you remember the name of that app? This is the first I'm hearing of it, and if that's true, then that sucks. :(

      • Ben
        April 18, 2016 at 11:53 pm

        Hi Joel,
        Yes, it's called FireTube and it's still available elsewhere as a 3rd party app. I found out by emailing the developer about a year after Google removed it from the Play Store.

  2. Nathan
    April 14, 2016 at 9:43 am

    I'm really disappointed this app is not available in my country South Africa. Any other suggestions on another app to use?

    • Joel Lee
      April 18, 2016 at 9:57 pm

      Sorry Nathan. Didn't realize it was region locked, though I guess it makes sense in retrospect. Can't think of an alternative off the top of my head. :(

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