One of the most common uses for all the best smart speakers like the Google Nest Audio is as a music device. Nest speakers are more than just a fancy music device, but it’s certainly one of the most under-utilized features. For music, you need a service to supply the tunes.
You can Always send music from your smartphone. But when you have an AI like Google Assistant built into Nest Audio, you really want to take advantage of it. So, which music services can you use?
Here are all the supported music services for the Google Nest speaker.
What music services are supported on Google Nest speakers?
Unlike some of the competition, such as the Apple HomePod Mini, the Google Nest speaker has extensive support for third-party music services. The primary for those embedded in Google’s ecosystem will be YouTube Music.
YouTube Music isn’t free, so unlike the Amazon Echo, you’ll have to pay to get anything from the first-party service. The good news is that YouTube Music is included as part of YouTube Premium. This subscription gets rid of ads on YouTube, enables background playing on mobile, and allows downloads, so it’s just worth it.
Access to the YouTube Music library is a nice bonus. The service might not be as user-friendly as Google Play Music, but for hands-free access to Nest Audio, you don’t have to worry at all. And since it’s already linked to the same Google account as your speaker, there’s no additional setup involved.
YouTube Premium costs $11.99 per month for an individual plan, but it currently has a two-month free trial to check out first.
Spotify is available on Amazon Echo for both free and paid subscribers, although your experience is pretty limited if you’re on the free tier.
Free members can listen to music through Google Assistant but with very strict limits. Paid subscribers will have full access to the Spotify library. In supported markets, it also includes Spotify’s podcast library.
New customers who haven’t previously had Spotify Premium can currently sign up and enjoy a free three-month trial before paying.
Apple Music subscribers can link their accounts to Google Assistant to listen on Nest Audio and other supported speakers, but it’s not as widely supported as some other services.
Currently, Apple Music can be used on Amazon Echo in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, India, Japan, Mexico, South Korea, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
If you haven’t tried Apple Music yet, or in some cases, even if you’re a returning user, you can get a free one-month trial to listen to it.
Deezer’s 73-million-strong song library is available to use on Google Assistant for paid customers on Premium and Hi-Fi plans.
Deezer is region-restricted on Google Nest devices in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States. As with other popular services you can try it for free first. Monthly trial.
Pandora users in the United States (currently the only market for the service) can connect their free, Plus or Premium accounts to Google Assistant and enjoy music through the Google Nest speaker.
This includes unlimited skips on podcasts and tier-specific perks such as Plus and Premium subscriptions.
Sirius XM users in North America have full access to the service through Google Assistant, with the various subscription tiers available. This service is not available to users outside this region.
Sirius XM has a more generous free trial period available with three months of access to try it out before paying.
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iHeartRadio is one of the free music services available on the Google Nest speaker, although it is only available to users in North America, Mexico, Australia, and New Zealand.
Radio stations, music and podcasts are all available through iHeartRadio and if you have an account you can link it and keep your activity in sync across all your devices.
The basic level of TuneIn Radio comes preloaded inside Google Assistant for use on the Nest speaker to listen to radio stations around the world. If you have a premium subscription you can also link it and get full access to your account.
Google Nest speakers have an added bonus over the competition by supporting the Google Cast protocol. This means that unsupported services, for example, Tidal, which have Cast built into their app, can be used in this way with the speaker.
It works just like video. Tap the Cast icon, choose the speaker you want to extract music from, and you’re all set. While it’s not as convenient as full hands-free access with Google Assistant, it’s a good alternative and better than using Bluetooth.
This includes all the main ways you can listen to music on the Google Nest speaker. While the free services you can use are limited to radio and radio-like experiences, there’s at least some to start with. For the rest, there are plenty of free trials you can use before settling on your favorite service.
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