Today at YouTube, a billion fans and over two million artists come each month to connect: create and discover a world of music.
Stepping further, Google is taking YouTube beyond video with a new music streaming service called “YouTube Music” launching on Tuesday, May 22.
YouTube Music will organize everything of a music including official songs, albums, playlists and artist radio plus catalog of remixes, live performances, covers and music videos, said Google. Designed for music, it’s available in the form of a mobile app and as a brand new desktop player.
Screenshot of new YouTube Music streaming service:
YouTube Music search works and suggest with partial query, like for example try “that hipster song with the whistling” or “I make money moves” will help you discover new music.
It also has a personalized home screen which dynamically recommends music based on people’s listening history. Say, you are at airport, the YouTube Music will recommend something relaxing before the flight.
YouTube Music is available as ad-supported for free as well as a Premium membership for $9.99 a month. Google Play Music subscriber will get YouTube Music Premium membership as part of their subscription each month for free, while Google Play Music member can continue like always.
In addition to YouTube Music app, Google is also introducing ‘YouTube Premium’ which replaces existing YouTube Red subscription service.
The new Premium is ad-free, runs in background and downloads for offline access across all of YouTube and provide access to all YouTube Originals, including Cobra Kai, Step Up: High Water and Youth & Consequences. Because, it includes new YouTube Music service, Google is pricing it at $11.99 for all new members. Already a YouTube Red member, you’ll still enjoy your current price.
YouTube Premium includes:
- New YouTube Music: ad-free, with background listening and downloads
More, bigger original series and movies
Ad-free, background play, and downloads across YouTube
YouTube Music experience will be rolling out first in the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, Mexico and South Korea on May 22, before expanding more broadly in coming weeks.
Interested, you can check out a youtube.com/coming-soon to know when the new YouTube Music will become available in your country.