Google Gemini YouTube Music Extension Rolls Out to Users Globally, Will Play Songs on Command


Google has started rolling out a new feature for its Gemini artificial intelligence (AI) chatbot. Users will now see an option to play songs on YouTube Music by directly requesting the AI ​​assistant. This is done via a new YouTube Music extension for Gemini that integrates the app into the platform. The tech giant briefly showed off the extension during the I/O event last week, but the feature has started rolling out now. To use this feature on their smartphone, users will need both the Gemini app and the YouTube Music app.

Gemini YouTube Music extension

Before users can try it, they will need to activate the extension. There are two ways to do this. To enable the extension in the Gemini web client, users can open the website and go to Configuration > extensions, and scroll down to find the YouTube Music extension. Once activated, the feature will work on your smartphone as the same account is used on both sites.

YouTube Music extension on Gemini

Another way to activate it is directly on your smartphone. In the Gemini app, users can ask the chatbot to play music and an automatic popup will appear asking to activate the extension. By enabling it, Gemini will be able to play songs from the YouTube Music app.

What Gemini's YouTube Music extension can do

With this extension, Gemini can process spoken or written directions to play songs from a genre, artist, album, and more. It can also take more complex prompts, such as “play music I like.” To fulfill this request, the AI ​​will check the user's YouTube Music recommendations and play history to suggest similar songs. Google has shared a long list of tasks that Gemini will be able to perform after this integration.

At launch, Gemini AI Assistant was criticized for being simple and not having enough features to match even the existing Google Assistant. Back then, I couldn't set alarms and reminders, or complete a task using a third-party app. The AI ​​chatbot currently has extensions for Google Flights, Google Maps, Google Hotels, Google Workspace, YouTube, and YouTube Music. However, it still doesn't have an integration for either WhatsApp or Spotify, which many users have been asking for.

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