Google’s new music service is YouTube Music

Yolanda Curtis
June 19, 2018

For its debut, YouTube Music will be available in just 4 countries United States, Australia, New Zealand and Mexico.

YouTubes official entry into the premium music streaming business has been a long time coming: More than 1 billion users a month already use YouTube to "discover new music".

Even if users are unable to remember a song or video name, the company claims YouTube Music can display the most accurate results from descriptions on search.

The new platforms will be available for free, with adverts, or for $9.99 per month for YouTube Music and $11.99 monthly for video service YouTube Premium. These will replace its existing YouTube Red premium service.

While most people are either team Spotify, team Tidal, or Team Apple Music, there are a number of people out there finding ways to exclusively listen to music while on the move via YouTube.

In addition to YouTube Music Premium, Google is re-branding YouTube Red as YouTube Premium. By paying $10/month for a Google Play Music subscription, you got music streaming through Google Play Music and ad-free YouTube through YouTube Red.

YouTube Music is due to launch on May 22 and will include a reimagined mobile app and new desktop player designed for music.

YouTube Music, which will be launched on May 22, comes with extra features like personalised playlists based on individual's YouTube history and other usage patterns, YouTube, owned by Alphabet Inc's Google, said.

YouTube Premium, meanwhile, will offer ad-free, background, and offline video access across all devices.

There will be two versions of YouTube Music as well-an ad-supported free version, and an ad-free Premium tier (YouTube Music Premium) that costs $9.99 per month.

YouTube appears to be focusing on music discovery. Also, this suggests that YouTube Red is also changing.

The company will "soon be launching" the services in Austria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. YouTube intends to charge $2 for other parts of YouTube service, but you will be required to pay for YouTube Music in any case.

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