YouTube announces details of its new streaming service


The five territories where YouTube Music will launch are the US, Australia, Mexico, South Korea and New Zealand.

The new YouTube Music homescreen provides recommendations based on past listening activity.

YouTube Red was launched back in 2015 and it charges users $9.99 a month to stream content without ads, download videos for offline viewing and watch Red original shows.

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YouTube Music will be offered in free and paid tiers, with the free version being similar to Spotify's free offering where users can listen to music for free but will have to put up with ads. Unfortunately, it's going up to $11.99/month, but the good news is if you're already paying for YouTube Red at $9.99/month, you'll keep paying the lower price; only new subscribers will need to pay the higher cost each month.

Spotify now has 75 million subscribers, while Apple Music has 42 million, with a further eight million taking advantage of its free three-month trial. It has both mobile app and desktop experiences, playlists, artist radio, music videos, remixes, covers, and everything else you could ask for in a music service. The new YouTube Music basically represents Google's attempt to properly take on the likes of Spotify and Apple Music around the world, having failed to do so with its Google Play Music service which will eventually be sunsetted and replaced with YouTube Music.

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.

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"YouTube was made for video, not just music", explained Elias Roman, Product Manager, YouTube Music, in a blog post.

Google is arguing that its recent focus on AI is part of the reason, and that it will allow you to find music by describing it in a search rather than having to know the name and artist. Play Music isn't going away yet, though it's hard to see what future goal there will be to Google sustaining two services and apps that overlap to quite such a degree. This homescreen is updated throughout the day for better discovery based on location and prior listening history. It will expand more broadly in the coming weeks. Google promises that nothing will change for Google Play Music subscribers.

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