Google Assistant can play “personal” YouTube Music playlists

Google explained this week how Play Music will stop working in the coming months. With that on the horizon, YouTube Music is striving for feature parity, and the service is finally getting the ability to play personal playlists from Google Assistant. However, this is still in testing with a limited scope.

YouTube Music is known for its curated and programmatic playlists, but it’s the only collection users have been able to play from Google Assistant since its launch.

Google revealed on Friday that it’s “testing the ability for you to play personal playlists from YouTube Music through Google Assistant.” The “Hey Google” feature and command is as simple as it sounds: “Play my [x] reading list” or simply “Read [x] playlist.”

To note: we’re also testing the ability for you to play personal playlists from YouTube Music via Google Assistant – a feature many of you have already requested. This feature is currently available to all YouTube Music listeners on Nest speakers and smart displays in the US, with plans to roll out to other countries and devices in the future!

As of now, the feature is only available on Nest speakers and smart displays in the US. Both Free and Premium subscribers have access to the feature, with Google promising it will “roll out to more countries and devices in the future.”

The Assistant command doesn’t currently work on phones, though the saving grace is that most just use the excellent “Your mix” playlist.

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George L. Hernandez