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YouTube Music still doesn’t work for kids with Google Play Music set to shut down any day now

With streaming music being the norm now, just about every major service offers a family plan so everyone can enjoy it at a discounted rate. With YouTube Music, though, family plans get complicated for younger kids, and there’s no fix in sight either.

For quite some time now, parents have been able to sign up for Google’s various family plan offerings for everything from ad-free YouTube to sharing movie and app libraries. It’s a handy way to save some cash while still allowing each family member to have their own account.

With Google Play Music, families were able to get their own libraries on a single subscription, kids included! Play Music is set to shut down this month, though, meaning the service could quite literally stop working at any moment. It’s already dead on Google Assistant speakers. That’s a real shame for families because YouTube Music just isn’t up to par.

Google has been working to bring more features to YouTube Music over the past several months as we’ve covered heavily, but with days to go, family plans still aren’t fixed for kids. Currently, any child under the age of 13 cannot use YouTube Music in any capacity, meaning when you switch from one service to the other, they’ll lose all of their music and playlists instantly with no way to get it back until they turn 13. This restriction is described on a Google support page (emphasis our own) and was highlighted back in June by our friends at Android Police.

When you use Family Link to create a Google Account for your child under 13, your child can use the YouTube Kids app where it’s available. However, they can’t use any other YouTube apps, websites, or features

Article source: https://9to5google.com/2020/10/18/youtube-music-kids-family-plan/

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