Google Play Music is shutting down which means that its users will either have to switch to YouTube Music or find another alternative such as Apple and Spotify. And, with these other alternatives being available, people are asking whether YouTube Music is free to use and how it fares vs. other services such as Spotify.

It is now possible to transfer your Google Play Music collection of songs and podcasts over to the YouTube Music app which provides an extra incentive for you to use the platform as opposed to any others.

However, for those who don’t want to pay to listen to and enjoy music, below you’ll discover whether YouTube Music is free and how good it is when in a vs. comparison with Spotify.

Is YouTube Music free?

Yes, you can use YouTube Music for free.

However, although YouTube Music can be used entirely for free, it is not anywhere near as good as when paid for monthly.

It is possible to watch music videos and listen to a plethora of recommended playlists similar to Spotify for a fee of nada, but you cannot play music in the background.

This means that you cannot listen to any songs using the free version of the app when your phone is locked or when using another application such as Twitter or Facebook.

In addition, you’ll also be bombarded with advertisements and you cannot download songs meaning you’ll need a good connection at all times unless you enjoy head banging music which constantly stutters.

YouTube Music vs Spotify

The YouTube Music vs. Spotify winner ultimately depends on what you most want from a premium tier.

Any YouTube Music vs. Spotify debate will tell you that both platforms have two main premium tiers with the latter being more expensive in the end, but it’s their differences in content which makes them worthwhile or not.

YouTube Music Premium – £9.99 per month

  • Enjoy songs and videos without ads
  • Play music in the background when the YouTube Music app is closed
  • Download music for up to 30 days
  • Turn on audio-only mode to listen to songs without loading up music videos
  • Ability to use YouTube Music app and its music premium benefits when in a country where YouTube Music isn’t available

Spotify Individual Membership – £9.99 per month

  • Listen to music ad-free
  • Play music anywhere – even offline
  • On-demand playback

YouTube Premium Membership – £11.99 per month

  • Ad-free videos
  • YouTube Music premium benefits
  • Ability to watch all YouTube Originals content
  • Download videos to watch offline

Spotify Family Membership – £14.99 per month

  • Six premium accounts for family members living under one roof
  • Family Mix: a playlist for your family regularly updated with all the music you enjoy
  • Spotify Kids: a special app for kids up to age 12
  • Block explicit music
  • Ad-free music, offline listening, and on-demand playback

There’s no obvious winner as to which is better between YouTube Music and Spotify, but if you go with YouTube you may as well opt for Premium as opposed to Music Premium.

When it comes to Spotify, an individual membership is probably the best choice for lonesome figures who just want to listen to ad-free music, so again the choice between the two competitors is down to personal preference.

In other news, Is Google Play Music shutting down in 2020? When is it going away?