YouTube Premium and YouTube Music Will Launch in Canada Soon

YouTube Premium and YouTube Music Will Launch in Canada Soon

Yolanda Curtis
May 17, 2018

The audio-visual platform is actually relaunch of the YouTube Music brand, as an app and desktop player which offer "streaming service made for music with the magic of YouTube". The service will offer ad-free music experience. Now studios, and the artists they represent, can get a cut of the subscription service while you listen to music ad-free. If you want to know when the new YouTube Music is available in your country, head to and let us know you're interested. That's right, Google already has a YouTube Music app, but it sucks and no one uses it.

YouTube is launching a new music-oriented streaming service called YouTube Music to rival the likes of Spotify and Apple Music.

Variety received a preview of the service earlier this week from the company's Lyor Cohen and T. Jay Fowler, and while it is in many ways similar to other major streaming services, a key advantage is that it is able to draw on YouTube's vast video archive for recommendations and links - not bootlegs or user-uploaded music, but officially sanctioned videos such as "Saturday Night Live" or BBC performances, as well as related non-musical content like televised artist interviews.

"YouTube was made for video, not just music", explained Elias Roman, Product Manager, YouTube Music, in a blog post.

As for Google Play Music, that's sticking around for now.

In addition, YouTube has announced that will soon re-brand its premium subscription YouTube Red service as YouTube Premium, which will include access to all YouTube Originals as well as YouTube Music for $11.99 a month.

"YouTube Premium includes ad-free, background and offline across all of YouTube, as well as access to all YouTube Originals including Cobra Kai, Step Up: High Water and Youth & Consequences", YouTube said.

From the looks of the pricing sheet, this service will be completely separate to Google Play Music, so it could be a big bump in price for a lot of people who have enjoyed the YouTube Red/Google Play Music bundle since it launched. If you already subscribe to YouTube Red, your price stays the same.

But new markets are "coming soon", which includes Canada, along with Austria, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.

The new YouTube Music streaming service will also feature a new mobile app and desktop player.

Last year Google confirmed the engineering teams working on Google Play Music and YouTube Music had joined forces, and it seems likely that we'll eventually see everything that you can buy digitally from Google rolled into YouTube - music, movies, TV shows, and so on, though that's just speculation for now.

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