Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Finance | By Claude Patterson

Google Launches YouTube Music

Google Launches YouTube Music

New subscribers, on the other hand, will have to pay more as YouTube Music Premium is now included in the offer.

YouTube Music will launch on 22nd May alongside a redesigned mobile app featuring thousands of playlists and millions of songs.

YouTube has announced that it's breaking up its YouTube Red premium subscription service into two more specialised offerings.

A subscription to YouTube Premium (which includes YouTube Music) will cost $11.99 per month.

Current Google Play Music subscribers will get a YouTube Music Premium membership thrown into their current deal, and have been reassured that "nothing will change". YouTube Red was Google's attempt at turning the free video streaming service into a business, lumping together a variety of subscription-only features, whether you have need for all of those or only some. So essentially this is what is happening, YouTube Red will now be split into YouTube Music and the YouTube Premium.

So, next week access to YouTube Music will get the people of the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico and South Korea.

YouTube Music is, as the name suggests, a music streaming service that will launch on May 22.

The main game-changer with today's announcement is this: Globally, whether you're on your own or at a party, you will now be able to listen to and watch all your favorite music within a single application. They now plan to push it, though, with a reimagined experience and a paid tier to hopefully make this your music service of choice. With existing Android and iOS clients, there will also be a "brand new desktop player" for YouTube Music.

The service's Elias Roman commented: "The days of jumping back and forth between multiple music apps and YouTube are over".

So does that mean we have to say goodbye to Google Play Music?

In a counterintuitive move, the music app from the world's biggest video service will be largely devoid of video.

In reality though, it's likely to be the sheer breadth of music available on YouTube that will provide much of the appeal.

YouTube Premium and YouTube Music Premium price. That odd service is going to be retired in favor of YouTube Music, though the exact details have yet to be explained.

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