Google announces YouTube Music and YouTube Premium

Thursday, 17 May, 2018

While artists get paid for their videos through advertising on Youtube, many music studios have complained about how the current situation greatly benefits YouTube over the original artists.

YouTube Music will be a new app, for mobile and desktop, and service specifically designed for play music (and music videos).

The announcement follows the company's recent updated charts and the recent addition of songwriter, label and publisher credits to music on YouTube.

From the looks of the pricing sheet, this service will be completely separate to Google Play Music, so it could be a big bump in price for a lot of people who have enjoyed the YouTube Red/Google Play Music bundle since it launched. Just last week, YouTube Music redesigned its now playing interface and added a queue feature to control what plays next.

YouTube is set to launch "YouTube Premium" this month, the new service will also serve as a rebranding for Google's YouTube Red service. If you want to know when the new YouTube Music is available in your country, head to music.youtube.com/coming-soon and let us know you're interested. Aimed squarely at competing with Apple Music and Spotify, it'll cost $9.99 per month following a free trial period as is standard in the industry.

On that note, Google says that Google Play Music isn't going anywhere (yet). It's the replacement for YouTube Red, including ad-free, background and offline access to all YouTube content, including original shows, and a YouTube Music subscription included.

The company said the first stops will be U.S., Australia, New Zealand, Mexico and South Korea. If you're already a YouTube Red (soon to be YouTube Premium) member, don't worry you'll still enjoy your current price. If you like an artist or genre, YouTube Music will put their new singles and albums right on your homepage, so you don't find out about Daughtry's new single months after it came out like me. YouTube Premium expects to expand in new markets over the next few years, including Austria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. 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. This is in contrast to earlier reports and could of course change in the future.

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