Learn more here. With a YouTube Music Premium membership, you can choose whether to listen to your music or enjoy the music video experience with a YouTube Music Premium membership. In song mode, you can listen to the music without loading a video. This allows you to continuously enjoy music from your favorite artists, even if you're experiencing low connectivity or video playback issues. In video mode, the music video will play whenever one is available - allowing you to enjoy a complete listening and viewing experience. You'll see the option to select Song or Video mode at the top of the screen. Tap Video to turn on video mode. Tap Song to only hear the album version of the song.
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- YouTube app requires subscription to play background music
One of the biggest first-world problems of the past decade has been our inability to listen to our favourite songs on YouTube while doing other things on our iPhones. As many of you remind us in our Facebook comments regularly, scientists can land robots on a comet, but as soon as you close out of your YouTube app or tab on your phone, the music stops abruptly. But clever tech lovers online have found a work-around for this problem for iPhone users at least , and we've done our own testing to prove that it really does work - the only thing that we can't figure out is why we weren't made aware of this sooner. To make this work, you first need to ditch the official YouTube app admit it, it's terrible for searching anyway and find your favourite song on YouTube via your Safari browser. Start it playing, skip through the ad, and then hit the home button to take you back to your home screen. Predictably, the music will stop. Seriously, it's as simple as that. If you're not using headphones, or they don't have one of those little buttons on the cord, that's fine too.
- There is a workaround though!
Pocket-lint - On iPhone, most music apps let you play music in the background. After all, they'd be virtually useless if they couldn't. For video apps that's not the case which - again - makes sense, since you can't watch videos with your iPhone locked and the phone in standby.
Until now. Using the YouTube app, iPhone or iPad users can keep listening to music while they get on with something else. To force YouTube audio to keep playing in the background, open up the relevant video and start it playing. Then press the home button so that the app closes, at which point the audio will stop. But if you then press the play button on your earbuds, the sound will start playing again. The video will only play to the end, and it will stop as soon as you unplug your earphones. You can find our Community Guidelines in full here. Want to discuss real-world problems, be involved in the most engaging discussions and hear from the journalists?