The company announced major changes to its streaming lineup on May 24, including a reimagined YouTube Music service , and as of Monday, June 18, those new services have gone live in the United States and 16 other countries. But there are some real lingering questions left unanswered after the dust settled. We reached out to Google to clarify the details of its new service, as well as how it affects Google Play Music, which is the default music app on many Android phones. Google has two music streaming services : Google Play Music , which launched in , and YouTube Music , which debuted in It has access to thousands of playlists, songs, albums, artists, and more, and it has neat features like the ability to search for songs via vague descriptions or lyrics. YouTube Red is now called YouTube Premium , and it will still provide an ad-free experience across all of YouTube, along with background play, the ability to download videos to watch offline, and access to YouTube Originals. So to break it down: YouTube Music lets you stream music with ads. YouTube Music Premium lets you stream music without ads, and has a few extra perks. So how much will it cost you?
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The service provides ad-free access to content across the service, as well as access to premium YouTube Originals programming produced in collaboration with the site's creators, downloading videos and background playback of videos on mobile devices, and access to the YouTube Music music streaming service. The service was originally launched in November as Music Key , offering only advertisement-free streaming of music videos from participating labels on YouTube and Google Play Music. YouTube announced the rebranding of the service as YouTube Premium on May 17, , alongside the return of a separate, YouTube Music subscription service. The service was first unveiled in November as Music Key, serving as a collaboration between YouTube and Google Play Music , and meant to succeed the former's own subscription service. Music Key offered ad-free playback of music videos from participating labels hosted on YouTube , as well as background and offline playback of music videos on mobile devices from within the YouTube app. The service also included access to Google Play Music All Access, which provides ad-free audio streaming of a library of music. During its invite-only beta, Music Key faced mixed reception due to the limited scope of the offering; YouTube's chief business officer Robert Kyncl explained that his daughter was confused over why videos of songs from Frozen were not "music" in the scope of the service, and thus not advertisement-free. This shift required YouTube to seek permission from its content creators and rights holders to allow their content to be part of the ad-free service; under the new contract terms, partners would receive a share of the total revenue from YouTube Red subscriptions, as determined by how much their content is viewed by subscribers.
How much does YouTube Music cost?
Subscriber Account active since. Essentially, YouTube is transforming its Hulu-style video service YouTube Red into a music streaming service with a Hulu-style video service upgrade. It's weird. Pretty sweet! YouTube Music Premium offers access to millions of songs over the internet or downloadable for offline listening, playlists, and dedicated apps to manage your library. So does Google Play Music. In case you somehow forgot, both YouTube and Google are owned by the same company: Alphabet. And that doesn't point to a bright future for Google's music streaming service. Why would Alphabet maintain competing music services in perpetuity?
YouTube's launched its new music streaming service, YouTube Music, as a mobile app presumably on Android and iOS and desktop web player. YouTube Music will feature everything you expect from a streaming music service, including millions of songs, albums, thousands of playlists and artist-based radio. Its major differentiator is YouTube's "catalog of remixes, live performances, covers and music videos" that aren't on other platforms. The paid version also includes two key features: background listening for multitaskers and downloadable content for offline mode. As of Aug. YouTube says the Music service's search engine will allow you to find songs whose names you don't know.