Changes coming to YouTube later this month

YouTube Music Will Be Available On May 22nd – Google Also Announced YouTube Premium

Changes coming to YouTube later this month

Google's music streaming efforts have been somewhat confusing in recent years, so the introduction of YouTube Music should help streamline its product offering.

An important distinction to make at this point: As of late 2015, you could pay a subscription fee for YouTube Red or Google Play Music All Access. The third tier is called YouTube Premium, which is just a replacement for YouTube Red, which costs $12.

YouTube Premium will be available for US$11.99 per month (US price) - US$2 more than the current price of YouTube Red. Hopefully, we'll get some quality content here to rival those of Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, etc. Starting on May 22nd, a new YouTube Music will debut.

Whether you want to watch, listen, discover, or browse, YouTube Music has you covered. With YouTube Music, users will be able to search for artists and songs, both recorded and live.

For YouTube Music, an upgrade has been a long time coming.

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An ad-supported version of YouTube Music will be available widely, but YouTube Music Premium will give users background listening options, downloads and an ad-free experience for US$9.99 a month. But wait there's more... Your home screen adapts to your listening history, your location or your activity. If you're at the gym, the app will suggest upbeat songs.

So what about YouTube Premium?

YouTube Premium, meanwhile, will offer ad-free, background, and offline video access across all devices. The new service will offer users the chance to stream music for free with its ad-supported business model.

Eventually we imagine Google will roll integrate transition Google Play Music to YouTube Premium rather than maintain two separate music streaming services, but for now they will operate independently. In the next few weeks, the rollout will expand to Austria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

The new music service will see YouTube compete with the likes of Spotify which recently entered the South African market, Apple Music, its own Google Play Music and many other music streaming services.

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