YouTube revamps its streaming music service


YouTube has tried its hand at a music streaming service a couple of times already, but they failed to make a real impact against the clout of Spotify and Apple Music.

The new YouTube Music is set to launch next week in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico and South Korea, with more markets coming online soon.

YouTube Music, which will offer both ad-supported and $9.99-per-month versions, will compete directly with services from Spotify Technology SA, Pandora Media Inc., Apple Inc. and Inc. With YouTube Music, you can listen to official songs, albums, playlists, artist radios, remixes and live versions of songs.

After a piecemeal and spluttering attempted rollout, YouTube Red is being scrapped in favour of two new subscribption services.

YouTube is introducing a $10-a-month music-streaming service, a strategic concession to record labels that analysts say could struggle to find an audience.

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"The days of jumping back and forth between multiple music apps and YouTube are over", wrote Elias Roman, product manager of YouTube Music, in the blog post published on Wednesday. A YouTube Music Premium tier is also available to remove the adverts, give you background listening (so you can exit the app and continue listening) and to let you download songs for offline playback. The service, like YouTube's main player, will have built-in recommendations and personalization options like the "related" section on the main website. The listeners will able to enjoy YouTube Music for free, and of course, it will be full of advertisements. It will expand in further territories in near future. It's now YouTube Premium.

"YouTube Premium unlocks the full YouTube Music experience: ad-free music, background listening, and downloads". Music labels have pressed streaming companies for a greater share of revenue and more ways for listeners to pay for music.

There is good news for current subscribers of YouTube Red. This means they will get access to YouTube Premium in $9.99 (for the US).

MANILA, Philippines - Google's launched a rebranding and splitting up of what was formerly known as YouTube Red. Do it now at a reduced price.

Like other music streaming services, YouTube puts a lot of attention on its discovery features.