YouTube Music

App review by
Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Comprehensive music service almost has it all.

Parents say

age 17+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 18+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Ease of Play

Simple to understand and use. 

Violence

Many videos feature violence ranging from fistfights to gunplay to murder. 

Sex

Many videos contain sexual imagery and scantily clad dancers or singers, with occasional nudity. 

Language

Many videos contain swear words, from "bitch" to "f--k," and songs contain graphic sexual language and innuendo.

Consumerism

Some product placement in videos. There's a free trial of YouTube Red, the commercial-free version, but after the trial, there are commercials before some videos. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Drugs, cigarettes, and booze play a big role in many videos. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that YouTube Music is a mobile version of the social media channel focused entirely on music. Though many of the videos are harmless, the level of sex, violence, language, smoking, and drinking contained in others is much too intense for young kids and some teens. Unlike YouTube proper, there's safety mode, so kids can search for and find whatever they want. Users get a free trial of the commercial-free YouTube Red, but when that expires they'll either have to pay to continue that service or deal with commercials before select videos and songs. YouTube Music falls under the general Google privacy policy. To find out about the types of information collected and shared, read it here.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 11 year old Written byBinge W. August 7, 2018
Teen, 15 years old Written byCooltiger37 August 30, 2018

Gives kids access to X-rated videos

When I found out about this site, I was really excited because it seemed like a great way to listen to really good music. However, upon first viewing this site,... Continue reading

What's it about?

With YOUTUBE MUSIC users can listen to audio selections and watch videos from their favorite artists. The app automatically uses any existing Google accounts on your device to log you in. Once you get going, it creates a daily playlist for you called "My Mix," which combines liked and listened-to tracks as well as songs it believes you'll enjoy. You can also search for artists and music you love by name or category, download playlists to listen to offline, keep music on in the background while you're using other apps, and toggle to audio only. YouTube Red subscribers get all the features, while others will have to deal with commercials and limitations on use.

Is it any good?

With a deep, diverse catalogue of artists and videos, this music streamer is a definite contender; however, its interface could use a little streamlining. One cool feature is the ability to toggle between audio and video seamlessly with the video picking up exactly where the song is playing, and the inclusion of fan-shot videos of live performances gives the service something its competitors can't offer. Also, videos can be "cast" to your TV using Google Chrome. That said, there's a lot going on here, and the app sometimes stumbles over itself. The user interface could use some refinement to make it more intuitive: An introductory tutorial (beyond the pop-up hints) would help. A parent's biggest concern will be the content of the music and videos, since there are no filters or a safety mode, but if your kids already have Google accounts and are allowed on YouTube, they already have access to  iffy content. Parents can access recent searches and videos viewed in settings, and checking out videos by your kids' favorite artists will give you an idea of what's available.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about your rules around music and videos. What's allowed and what's not? Check out our guide to YouTube to get tips on how to manage your teen's use.

  • Talk about the imagery in videos and what it represents. Ask teens what they think certain lyrics or images mean.

  • Discuss your teen's favorite music. What do they love, and why?

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