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I managed to try YouTube Music on Android outside the US

Last week I reviewed Music, a new US-only service from YouTube focused on music videos. Available in the form of an iOS and Android app, Music enables you to switch between video and audio with the touch of a button, listen to music in the background even after you exit the app, and download content for offline watching.

In my review, I told you how to access YouTube Music outside the US in an iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad. I noted that it was easier to circumvent Google´s restrictions on iOS with a free VPN like Betternet and that the same alternative didn´t work on Android.


After trying with different tunneling options, I found out that IPVanish seems to be the only one that truly hides your location and makes YouTube Music available in your country (as long as you have it enabled.)


The Android version of IPVanish doesn´t offer a 7-day trial, compared to its iOS counterpart. That means you will have to get the cheapest tier at $10 a month, which you can also use on a Mac or PC, as well as your favorite mobile device.


Google gives you a 7-day trial when you sign in with a YouTube account in Music, so you can check the service for yourself before it lands in your country.

IPVanish VPN connections are unlimited, and that means you can leave the tunnel on and access YouTube Music anytime you want – even after you put your device in sleep mode.


Personally, I like YouTube Music, and for that matter, YouTube Red – the service that gives place to the first. Switching between audio and video happens seamlessly; background play works great, and the apps load very fast. I can´t wait to see YouTube Music, and YouTube Red, available everywhere.

Download YouTube Music´s APK file for Android 4.0.3 or later here; remember to enable (and after installation, disable) “Unknown sources” in your Android security settings.