YouTube Music streaming service to launch on 22 May

YouTube Music streaming service to launch on 22 May

Recode is reporting on Wednesday that the new service is actually going to be called YouTube Music (apparently YouTube likes this branding), and it will have a soft launch on Tuesday, May 22. The service will also feature music videos and live performances from the most popular artists. Although YouTube has a giant library of songs and videos, it competes with Google Play Music and YouTube Red, which is the company's advertisement-free video streaming service. What you want to focus on is YouTube Music and YouTube Premium.

YouTube Music will however "expand more broadly in the coming weeks" to Austria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Re/code notes that ad-free here only applies to music videos, not the rest of YouTube.

At present Music is a modified YouTube app that requires a red subscription.

YouTube Premium will replace the YouTube Red subscription service. But like the recently revamped Google News, YouTube Music will offer personalized playlists based on data that Google/YouTube already has on you, with a pinch of AI, of course. The company has announced that the music service is free.

According to the information of the source, YouTube's refurbished music service to be retitled as YouTube Premium. Google states that Red members "will automatically" receive access to YouTube Premium when it launches.

California-based Video-sharing website YouTube has several plans related to the music service.

In addition to no ads, YouTube Premium provides access to downloads, background playing and all the YouTube Originals. "For the first time, all the ways music moves you can be found in one place".

In terms of pricing, YouTube Music will be a direct match to all the major music-streaming platforms already available, costing $9.99 for the premium version, which adds background listening, downloads, and an ad-free experience to the free option.

However, with YouTube's backing, you also get access to millions of music videos.

Sadly like YouTube Music, YouTube Premium will not be available in South Africa.

YouTube Premium will also be expanded beyond its existing five markets to cover the same ground as the new YouTube Music service. Both offer to remove the ads and let you watch your drivel offline.

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