New YouTube Music streaming service launches gives access to songs unavailable elsewhere

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YouTube, YouTube Music, YouTube Music Premium or YouTube Premium: which is right for you? The free tier gives you as much as you can listen to with ads. YouTube premium also incorporates new YouTube music.

In an official blog post the online media giant said that on May 22 the company will begin introducing its new YouTube Music streaming service.

The Tuesday launch will cover the US, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico and South Korea only, with Austria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom to follow in the coming weeks. It will be expanded to other countries in the following weeks.

So how does it work?

The ad-free version of the service, called YouTube Music Premium, will cost $10 a month and will eventually replace Google Play Music. It's also worth noting that the YouTube Music will only remove ads from music videos and not the YouTube Originals.

And if you don't know the name of a song, then don't worry: the app will find the music you want based on a lyrics search or description.

The music offerings from YouTube and Google have been disjointed and confusing for a long time - you may remember the short-lived YouTube Music Key, which essentially offered the same options as the new YouTube Music does, before it was shuttered in 2015.

The You Tube app gives you the full You Tube experience on iPhone and iPad
The You Tube app gives you the full You Tube experience on iPhone and

Unfortunately, there is no specific mention of whether Google Play Music will go away, or be absorbed by YouTube Music Premium. If you can already find it as a video on YouTube, you will be able to find it as a streamable track.

YouTube is rolling out a revamped Music app next week as it reconfigures its subscription services.

In addition to millions of official songs, other content includes thousands of playlists, artist radio, remixes, covers, and live versions.

YouTube Music will be available to use for free, but this will have ads that will play every few songs.

YouTube Music's personalized home screen dynamically adapts to provide recommendations based on people's listening history, where they are and what they're doing. YouTube Music Premium is a paid membership for $9.99 per month.

Google's been amassing a new team to take on the music industry, from streaming competitors like Spotify to the record labels that control what music can appear on what platforms and how.

"More than 1 billion music fans come to YouTube each month to be part of music culture and discover new music".

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