Google will launch YouTube Music on Tuesday (May 22) in the US, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, and South Korea. We caught wind of a new service coming previous year and it was meant to arrive in March, so it's only a couple of months late.
"YouTube in general is where most music is consumed". The home screen constantly changes to offer song recommendations based on your listening habits or where you are in the world. Entering the gym? We'll suggest some beats to get the heart-rate going.
However, with YouTube's backing, you also get access to millions of music videos.
YouTube Music has thousands of playlists, the official versions of millions of songs, albums, artist radio and more, in addition to all the music videos, people expect from YouTube.
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 free tier gives you as much as you can listen to with ads.
The ad-supported version of YouTube Music will be free, the premium service without ads will costs $9.99 a month. Subscribers to the service can also play video in the background on mobile devices (which is nice for podcasts) and you'll be directly supporting creators. The YouTube team is planning a not insignificant change to YouTube Red, the subscription service that not only removes ads from YouTube but also allows access to YouTube original content, including the popular Cobra Kai. YouTube Music will cost $9.99 a month, and - this is a surprise given past speculation - the new service will still sit alongside Google Play Music for now, rather than replacing it. All your Google playlists and purchases will remain safe. So essentially this is what is happening, YouTube Red will now be split into YouTube Music and the YouTube Premium. It will be expanded to other countries in the following weeks. The service will offer ad-free music experience. The service is slated to later be launched in Austria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
T. Jay Fowler, YouTube Music's head of product, described the service as "deeply personalized", pulling from all account history on YouTube.
Yep, that's right. The YouTube Music that has been around for quite some time is being revamped and comes with a new price tag. the application seems to largely be unchanged, as screenshots shared by Google show a three-tabbed interface.