Google announces new YouTube Music and YouTube Premium services

Doris Richards
June 19, 2018

Google is going to head to head with popular music streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music with YouTube Music. Kind of, sort of.

Bundling in YouTube Music into YouTube Premium does mean that the price of this service will rise to $11.99 for all new members.

YouTube Premium on the other hand, is bringing everything that YouTube Red has, but under a new branding. The new service will offer users the chance to stream music for free with its ad-supported business model. Users can also opt-out of the full service, and snag YouTube premium for the music experience, only, at $10 per month.

As before Google Play Music users get access to YouTube Music Premium with the subscriptions, but no word of a merger has been officially confirmed.

Premium includes features such as background listening and downloads.

According to Google, YouTube Music will be for those looking for music, not just to listen to but also watch, making use of YouTube's extensive music video collection. This all-encompassing service includes all the perks of YouTube Music Premium as well as all the existing benefits of YouTube Red: ad-free YouTube viewing, background playing, video downloads for offline viewing, and access to all YouTube Originals (like the new Cobra Kai series). And it's also easier to discover new music. That's a big feature that Google Play Music has been missing.

YouTube may be the streaming originator.

NOTE: The music library you'll get access to with YouTube Music All Access is PROBABLY the same music library you've had access to with Google Play Music All Access.

YouTube Premium will be priced at $11.99 per month, $2 more than what the company charged for YouTube Red.

Music Premium will cost $9.99 a month - and we assume £9.99 in the United Kingdom - although if you already subscribe to Google Play Music you will be automatically be given a YouTube Music Premium subscription to run alongside the Google one.

You can sign up here to be notified when the service arrives in your country.

It's worth noting that Google was previously expected to replace Google Play Music with a YouTube-based service; it looks like that will indeed happen at some point, but it could take until 2019. Current YouTube Red subscribers will automatically become YouTube Premium subscribers.

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