YouTube Music officially available for users

Angelica Greene
May 18, 2018

"YouTube Music" was a part of "YouTube Red", that is the company's subscription video streaming service which was launched in November 2014.

Users will also be able to cue up music without knowing a song's name by searching for things like "that hipster song with the whistling" or song lyrics, although users of ad-supported YouTube can do that as well.

The past several months have been rife with rumors about Google's plans to revamp its music service as a way to compete more aggressively with Spotify and Apple Music, now the towering figures of music streaming.

"While users can enjoy the new ad-supported version of "YouTube Music" for free, we're also launching 'YouTube Music Premium, ' a paid membership that gives you background listening, downloads and an ad-free experience for $9.99 a month", the post added. Google, in its announcement, said YouTube Music will have "official songs, albums, thousands of playlists and artist radio plus YouTube's tremendous catalog of remixes, live performances, covers and music videos that you can't find anywhere else - all simply organized and personalized".

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Separately on Thursday, YouTube also said it would revamp YouTube Red, the paid version of YouTube that comes with original programming, to include YouTube Music at an additional price of $2.

The video service, which includes shows like Karate Kid-inspired "Cobra Kai", will be priced at United States dollars 11.99 and include ad-free music. It's music only or music plus video. YouTube Music isn't out to replace it.

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In an interview at Recode's Code Media conference, YouTube chief executive Susan Wojcicki offered clues as to why the company chose to split its premium content and rebrand its premium service. To differentiate itself from the leading music-streaming apps, YouTube is playing up its exclusive content and personalised recommendations.

How is YouTube Music different to Google Play Music?

YouTube Premium Subscription Plan. YouTube Originals library will get enlarged with comedies, dramas, reality series and action-adventure shows from the U.K., Germany, France, Mexico, and more.

With the increasing penetration of smartphones, data becoming affordable and ever-growing availability of content, 80 per cent of internet users across all age-groups in India are accessing YouTube.

Oh, and speaking of YouTube Red: it's gone now.

But what's different? Why should you, who is happily subscribed to Spotify, cancel that subscription, and flip on over to YouTube Music? Do it now at a reduced price. Fourteen other countries will get it in the following weeks.

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