YouTube Unveils Plans for Relaunch of Music Streaming Service


YouTube has announced its new streaming service, YouTube Music, will launch next Tuesday 22nd May.

YouTube Premium will be available for US$11.99 per month (US price) - US$2 more than the current price of YouTube Red.

YouTube's new music streaming service will not only feature official songs, albums and playlists but it will also come with YouTube vast catalog of remixes, live performances, covers, music videos- all organised and personalised. It's all a little confusing, especially since Google already maintains a subscription music streaming service called Google Play Music, so we're here to offer some clarity on what's happening.

San Francisco: YouTube is rolling out a new service "YouTube Music" on May 22 to separate the music and film components on the Google-owned video-sharing platform.

For the $11.99 price, YouTube Premium will also roll in the new YouTube Music service.

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First, understand that YouTube Music is still free, with ads.

YouTube Music, which will offer both ad-supported and $9.99 US-per-month versions, will compete directly with services from Spotify Technology SA, Pandora Media Inc, Apple Inc and Inc.

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 Premium will continue to be an ad-free experience, background play, and downloads across the millions of videos on YouTube. For Complex News, I'm Frazier, and for more stories like this, keep it locked right here to Complex on YouTube. You also won't be able to download music for offline listening on this tier either.

YouTube says they're going to be launching more YouTube Original series which include "comedies, dramas, reality series and action adventure shows" soon. What about existing Google Play Music subscribers? In the near future, it will launch in Austria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. You can sign up to be notified when the service arrives in your country on this page.

But what exactly is YouTube Music?