Search giant Google announced on YouTube official blog that it’ll be launching a new music streaming service which will be replacing Google Play Music. Google describes YouTube Music as “a new music streaming service made for music with the magic of YouTube: making the world of music easier to explore and more personalized than ever.”
YouTube music promises “official songs, albums, thousands of playlists and artist radio plus YouTube’s tremendous catalogue of remixes, live performances, covers and music videos that you can’t find anywhere else.”
YouTube Music will be launching May 22 in the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, Mexico and South Korea alone and it will expand more broadly in the coming weeks. According to the reports, the app will also be launching soon in Austria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
The YouTube music app is free for iPhone and for Android, however, it contains ads which can be removed with a YouTube red subscription and provides premium features such as the ability to play music offline or in your device background while using other apps or with your device screen off which the regular YouTube mobile app can’t achieve, although you can get that working by means of split view in the Android Marshmallow OS on Android smartphones. The app also provides an audio-only mode that plays music without videos.
YouTube also revealed that its subscription service, YouTube Red, is being rebranded as YouTube Premium and this will include access to YouTube Music. The price for new subscribers is increasing from $9.99 per month to $11.99, but existing subscribers will still enjoy the current rate.
The Music app will offer songs based on your location and you can also search for specific songs in vague terms. Also, If you want to know when the new YouTube Music is available in your country, head to music.youtube.com/coming-soon/