GOOGLE Home owners can now listen to YouTube Music for free – with a few catches.
It means you’ll save about £10 a month, as long as you’re happy to only listen to tunes on a Google Home smart speaker specifically.
YouTube Music is a year-old streaming service to rival Spotify
The bad news is that you’ll have to endure ads when listening, which will interrupt playback between some songs.
And you can’t request specific songs either: you’ll have to ask for playlists or genres.
To activate it, go into the Google Home app and navigate to Account Settings.
Tap Services, then Music, then select YouTube Music as the default music service.
Alamy You can now listen to YouTube Music for free on the Google Home Mini
If you’re just setting up a Google Home for the first time, simply choose YouTube Music as the default music service during set-up.
YouTube Music launched in the UK last year as a Spotify rival, and costs £9.99 a month.
It’s also possible to upgrade to a YouTube Premium membership for £11.99 a month, giving you an ad-free version of YouTube itself.
For the unaware, the Google Home is a range of smart speakers that starts from about £49 (and often discounted to less), with the Google Home Mini – and is powered by the Google Assistant.
Google Assistant is a virtual helper that you control using your voice.
She (or he, if you change the voice) can help you with everyday tasks like finding out about the news or weather.
It’ll set reminders and timers, let you check your Google calendar, play music, and even make hands-free calls.
All you need to do is say “OK Google” or “Hey Google” out loud, and then issue a command.
And if you have compatible smart home gadgets (like a Philips Hue Lightbulb or Nest Thermostat) then you’ll be able to control those using the Home Mini too.
Google Assistant is also a type of artificial intelligence that gets smarter over time, so she’s not a bad investment.
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What is artificial intelligence?
Here’s what you need to know…
Artificial intelligence, also known as AI, is a type of computer software
Typically, a computer will do what you tell it to do
But artificial intelligence simulates the human mind, and can make its own deductions, inferences or decisions
A simple computer might let you set an alarm to wake you up
But an AI system might scan your emails, work out that you’ve got a meeting tomorrow, and then set an alarm and plan a journey for you
AI tech is often “trained” – which means it observes something (potentially even a human) then learns about a task over time
For instance, an AI system can be fed thousands of photos of human faces, then generate photos of human faces all on its own
Some experts have raised concerns that humans will eventually lose control of super-intelligent AI
But the tech world is still divided over whether or not AI tech will eventually kill us all in a Terminator-style apocalypse
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A separate offer from Spotify will get you a free Google Home Mini smart speaker worth £50 if you have a “family” account.
If you’re willing to spend a little more, check out the pricey Google Home Max.
And if you’re stuck on which smart speaker to buy, our Google Home vs Amazon Echo guide might help.
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