YouTube

Delete Google Music, it’s not coming back

Delete Google Music, it’s not coming back

This week Google Music will stop working for your devices, if it's not already stopped working today. Over the past year Google's phased out the Google Music ecosystem in favor of YouTube Music, they're alternative to each service offered by the former. The Google Music platform allows switching to a YouTube Music account, and costs are similar, but users will need to actively make the change to download the new app and log in.

Continue Reading

Garmin gamer smartwatch allows YouTuber heart rate streaming

Garmin gamer smartwatch allows YouTuber heart rate streaming

Garmin made a smartwatch specifically for gamers called Instinct Esports Edition. As the name implies, this is a version of a watch that's already been released, this time made instead with gamers in mind, instead of a primary focus on outdoor sports. This new watch will be sold in stores in time for the holiday season 2020 - you might even see them available for sale later today!

Continue Reading

YouTube setting allows users to choose a default video quality

YouTube setting allows users to choose a default video quality

One of the things that frequent users of YouTube on their smartphones have wanted for a long time was the ability to choose their default video quality setting. YouTube first announced in June that it was in testing with simplified video quality settings for some users. However, no proof of that testing surfaced until now.

Continue Reading

YouTube Music lands on Apple Watch as WearOS shows signs of life

YouTube Music lands on Apple Watch as WearOS shows signs of life

It's been something of a busy week for YouTube Music. First, we saw a number of improvements for YouTube TV's smart TV implementation go live, with particular focus on improving the Android TV OS experience. Later that same day, Google took one more step toward making YouTube Music its main music streaming app by shutting down the Google Play Music Store. Now, to cap of this rather busy week (assuming there isn't some kind of YouTube Music roll out or update tomorrow), Google has put YouTube Music on the Apple Watch.

Continue Reading

Google Play Music Store shuts down in YouTube Music transition

Google Play Music Store shuts down in YouTube Music transition

If there's one thing Google has been consistent with over the decades is that nothing is really permanent. It often changes names and brands but is also notorious for switching products or even discontinuing projects rather abruptly. Google's messaging services and apps have become the dominant example but the most heated discussions of late have come from Google Play Music users who are now being told that they can no longer buy tunes now that the Play Music Store has closed its doors forever.

Continue Reading

YouTube Music’s smart TV update is here – but you may not get the best of it

YouTube Music’s smart TV update is here – but you may not get the best of it

Google today announced several new features for YouTube Music on smart TVs. In general, these updates make it easier to browse your music collection and even spruce up the way the app looks. Some of the features are going live for all smart TV users, while others will only be available to those running Android TV OS (which includes the freshly-announced Chromecast with Google TV).

Continue Reading

YouTube pushes Premium by locking beta features behind paywall

YouTube pushes Premium by locking beta features behind paywall

It's no secret that YouTube is very pushy with its Premium subscription promotion, something that involves repeatedly showing users prompts (and sometimes full-page ads) encouraging them to sign up for the premium experience, promising background playback, offline downloads, and a lack of advertisements. Soon after reversing the PiP restriction on iOS 14, YouTube has introduced a new change -- experimental features are now only available to users who pay.

Continue Reading

YouTube Music improves Google Assistant integration, free tier features

YouTube Music improves Google Assistant integration, free tier features

Although Google Play Music and YouTube Music have existed side-by-side for a couple of years, the latter became rather controversial after Google decided to replace the former with it. Not everyone has been happy with the transition, with some missing core features available from Google Play Music. To its credit, YouTube Music is slowly adding those features and has today opened two more doors that could put it on par with Google's old music streaming service.

Continue Reading

Apple TV 4K finally gets YouTube 4K with some caveats

Apple TV 4K finally gets YouTube 4K with some caveats

The entertainment industry is seemingly pushing 4K content and supporting hardware to consumers' consciousness but it doesn't seem like a concerted effort either. 4K-capable hardware sometimes has no access to 4K content or 4K content is blocked by additional hardware requirements beyond 4K processing. The situation is particularly messy on Apple's platform when it comes to YouTube's 4K streaming but at least one of those pain points has finally disappeared but with a catch or two.

Continue Reading

YouTube free users on iOS 14 can once again use PiP on mobile web

YouTube free users on iOS 14 can once again use PiP on mobile web

Following recent controversy over the loss of this functionality, free YouTube users can once again utilize iOS 14's picture-in-picture mode when streaming videos in a mobile web browser. The change quietly arrived a couple of weeks after users reported that the PiP support on iOS 14 had disappeared...except for users who were paying for a YouTube Premium subscription, that is.

Continue Reading

New YouTube TV sign-ups offered a free Chromecast with Google TV

New YouTube TV sign-ups offered a free Chromecast with Google TV

Google did more than just announce a new Chromecast this week. It also muddled once again its narrative for one of its most confusing ecosystems next to messaging: entertainment. Both a platform on its own and a custom experience on top of Android TV, Google TV brings another name and brand to Google's already messy products and services lineup which is bound to become even more confusing soon. But as if to show that everything is really connected, Google is now offering a free Chromecast with Google TV for those signing up for a new YouTube TV account.

Continue Reading

YouTube TV is about to lose some sports channels after months of talks

YouTube TV is about to lose some sports channels after months of talks

YouTube TV subscribers are about to lose access to some sports networks when a months-long extension expires next month. The issue is between YouTube and Sinclair and their apparent inability to agree on terms for a new contract. As a result, YouTube TV was facing a loss of FOX Regional Sports Networks back in February, but a last-minute extension prevented that from happening. That same extension will expire on October 1 and there's still no deal to report.

Continue Reading

1 2 3 4 Next