YouTube Music is Here as Google's New Music Service

Mindy Sparks
May 17, 2018

In a blog-post earlier today, YouTube described the new music service saying that it "combines music listening with the magic of YouTube: making the world of music easier to explore and more personalized than ever".

From Beyonce's livestream at Coachella to landmark videos like "Despacito", "New Rules" and "This Is America", more than 1 billion music fans come to YouTube each month to be part of music culture and discover new music.

YouTube Music, which will be launched on May 22, comes with extra features like personalized playlists based on individual's YouTube history and other usage patterns, YouTube, owned by Alphabet Inc's Google, said. The new service will let users download videos and songs and listen to ad-free music.

Visually, the new YouTube Music is mostly unchanged - down to the icon - from the previous incarnation of the service. However, the leak from Lefsetz doesn't mention Play Music anywhere, so we'll have to wait for the official announcement from Google on its future. 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.

Update: Google/YouTube have officially spoken about the new services and you can check it out here.

The YouTube Music signup page has been opened up for interested parties with a Google or Gmail email address can add their details.

In the meantime, what are your thoughts on the upcoming changes to YouTube Music?

Next Tuesday, YouTube will try again, by launching its reinvented YouTube Music app in the US, South Korea, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand, followed by another 14 countries in the following weeks. If we convert American pricing to Canadian, it could cost about $15 or so per month (which includes YouTube Music).

The latter will be a separate service called "YouTube Premium" where consumers can subscribe to access original shows. In 2015, it revamped the concept to launch the original YouTube Music, coming a month after the company introduced Red, its $10-a-month subscription service that strips away ads, unlocks original programs and gives members other mobile perks. It will be initially available in markets where YouTube Red is available, though no word on when that transition will happen. 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. If you're already a YouTube Red (soon to be YouTube Premium) member, don't worry you'll still enjoy your current price.

To sign-up to be notified of the launch, hit up this link.

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