YouTube launches new music streaming service May 22

Katie Ramirez
May 17, 2018

Existing Google Play Music subscribers will get a YouTube Music Premium membership as part of their subscription each month.

It will come with extra features such as personal playlists based on a person's YouTube history, according to Reuters.

YouTube Music is getting an overhaul, which an emphasis on personalization.

"YouTube Music is a new music streaming service made for music: 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 organised and personalised", explained product manager Elias Roman in a blog post this morning.

Visually, the new YouTube Music is mostly unchanged - down to the icon - from the previous incarnation of the service. Perhaps preempted by the numerous leaks, YouTube chose to just go ahead and announce YouTube Music and YouTube Premium before Tuesday's launch.

The new YouTube Music streaming service will also feature a new mobile app and desktop player.

YouTube Music was originally part of YouTube Red, the company's subscription video streaming service, and though it is being decoupled, customers will be able to subscribe to both services if they buy a YouTube Red subscription, which is now priced at $11.99 per month.

YouTube to launch music streaming service on 22 May

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

Google's been amassing a new team to take on the music industry, from streaming competitors like Spotify to the record labels that control what music can appear on what platforms and how.

YouTube plans to charge $2 more for its premium service, as it includes YouTube Music service along with its original shows.

In the meantime, what are your thoughts on the upcoming changes to YouTube Music? As for what networks will be included in the service here, we'll have to wait and find out.

The other big change to YouTube's offerings will be on the video front. That also includes ad-free, background play and downloads across all of YouTube, plus the promise of more original shows from all over the world. It will be initially available in markets where YouTube Red is available, though no word on when that transition will happen. If you are a YouTube Red member, your service will automatically receive access at your current price. Further down the line, it will expand to Austria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

The company said the first stops will be U.S., Australia, New Zealand, Mexico and South Korea.

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

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