Google announcement today that the YouTube Music app on Wear OS offers users the ability to stream music via LTE or WiFi. The new feature will allow users to discover new music without having to download any content first. In a community blog post about the new feature, the company is positioning it as a way “to listen to your favorite playlists wherever you go, even when your phone isn’t nearby.”
The feature was first unveiled at Samsung’s Unpacked event earlier this year. Users will need a YouTube Music Premium subscription to access the new streaming medium. Google notes that you need an LTE plan from your carrier to use a cellular connection. The company also points out that cellular streaming is not supported on iOS.
To stream YouTube Music without a paired device nearby, you can open YouTube Music on your watch and select the song or playlist you want to listen to. After that, the content will be streamed and played on the available connection.
Google also introduced a new YouTube Music tile for Wear OS that users can add to their watch. The new tile will allow users to quickly access recently played content and navigate to the app’s “Browse” page.
The company notes that YouTube Music Premium subscribers have access to over 80 million songs and thousands of playlists on the YouTube Music app. It says the standalone app allows YouTube Music Premium subscribers to download and stream music for ad-free listening without needing to have their phone nearby. The app also includes a Smart Downloads feature that refreshes the songs you’ve downloaded to your watch whenever it’s connected to Wi-Fi.