Google Releases 2 New YouTube Music Streaming Services

Ruben Fields
May 28, 2018

It's rarely hard to find the tunes you're looking for on YouTube, whether they've been put there legally or otherwise, but YouTube Music is something different: it's a music-focused streaming service that seems created to wage war against the likes of Spotify and Apple Music.

But the announcement of a revamped YouTube Music app has caused some confusion among those who subscribe to Google Play Music, a streaming music service Google launched in 2011 but has struggled to attract subscribers on the level of category leaders Spotify and Apple Music.

However that was not the case, or at least maybe not yet. However exactly what this implies remains to be seen, but according to Elias Roman, the product manager for YouTube Music and Play Music states that, "Nothing will change about Google Play Music in the near future".

The rebrand puts music at the center of YouTube's push to sign up subscribers, a move that YouTube global head of music Lyor Cohen says was driven by the "enormous consumption of music happening globally" on YouTube. It's big on personalisation: playlists of new releases and mood-makers depending on past listening. Well, they'll all show up as subscriptions over on the video-focused YouTube as well.

Of course, Google isn't the only company trying to win us over with exclusives. On YouTube Music, you can listen for free with the burden of ads interrupting your jam sessions, or you can pay $9.99 month for YouTube Music Premium to exclude ads and add bonus features. For example, users can find songs even if they just know some lyrics or have a general description of the song.

YouTube Music will eventually get Google Play Music’s best bits

Google also said you will eventually be able to purchase songs in YouTube Music, though the songs would presumably be from Google Play.

There are many reasons for why users would want to upload their own files, including having versions that are not available in a streaming library or simply preferring to own music. Furthermore, it lets you watch YouTube videos without ads, play videos in the background on mobile so you can still hear what's happening, and download videos for offline playback.

When it comes to price, YouTube Music is pretty standard at $11.99 per month, but Google hasn't mentioned whether it will offer a discounted family plan as well - something Apple Music and Spotify both do.Amazon Music unlimited costs the same at $11.99 per month, but only $4.99 if you're going at it with an Echo speaker (Their family plan is $17.99 and supports six members).

Google Play Music is Google's music streaming service. If so, then you'd be correct: it's called Google Play Music and it's still around today.

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