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With the rise of mobile phones has come the decline of conventional alarm clocks, but this may not be entirely a bad thing. In the form of a mobile app, such as the one that Google provides for free to Android users, you can do things that were either awkward or impossible before, like multiple alarms, adjustable snooze durations, increasing alarm volume and setting specific days.

Until recently, though, Google's clock app provided only the usual selection of short audio clips to wake you from your slumber. But in summer 2018, the company partnered with Spotify (download for iOS or Android) to allow the streaming service's users to select specific tracks and playlists to wake up to -- and this decision has frequently puzzled users of Google's own rival services, who remained without an option of their own.

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But today, Android Police spotted an update to the Clock app that adds support for YouTube Music (download for iOS or Android), which is Google's competitor to Spotify, and Pandora Music (download for iOS or Android), the latter of which has an uncanny habit of showing up everywhere eventually (and we don't mean that in a bad way -- its playlist curation is actually quite excellent).

To enable this feature, open the Clock app, tap on the alarm bell icon located right underneath the days-of-the-week selection, tap on the YouTube Music, Pandora, or Spotify tab to choose which service you want to browse, pick from the featured playlists or tap the Search button at the bottom right to find specific albums, artists and tracks, tap on the music selection that you want to use as your alarm sound, and then tap the back button in the upper left to return to the app's list of alarms.

To go back to your regular alarm clock sounds, go to the entry on your list of alarm clocks where you've added music and tap on the music that you selected, then tap the Sounds tab, then tap the built-in alarm sound that you want to use instead.

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While Google Play Music stalwarts may grouse about the lack of attention, Google has frequently indicated that GPM is on the way out, in favor of YouTube Music. Note that you need to have a YouTube Music subscription to use it in the Clock app, while the free versions of Spotify and Pandora are fully integrated.

If iOS users are feeling left out, it turns out that the operating system's own Clock app has had this support for Apple Music since 2015. If you're not an Apple Music subscriber, new users can sign up for a free trial within the app (which also comes pre-installed on iPhones and iPads but must be downloaded on Android).

Takeaways

  • Android Police spotted an update to Google's Clock app that adds support for YouTube Music and Pandora, in addition to the support for Spotify that was introduced in August 2018.
  • If you prefer YouTube Music, be aware that you need to be a paying subscriber, whereas you do not for Pandora and Spotify.

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Tom McNamara is a Senior Editor for CNET's Download.com. He mainly covers Windows, mobile and desktop security, games, Google, streaming services, and social media. Tom was also an editor at Maximum PC and IGN, and his work has appeared on CNET, PC Gamer, MSN.com, and Salon.com. He's also unreasonably proud that he's kept the same phone for more than two years.