YouTube Music, YouTube Music Premium, and YouTube Premium are new services that Google announced yesterday; they are Google's next, and maybe final, attempt at establishing a free and paid streaming service to compete with the likes of Spotify or Apple Music.
Google plans to release new applications for the new services that users can download and run on their devices.
YouTube Music is available as a free service with advertisement and a paid service that is free of advertisement.
YouTube Music is a "reimagined mobile app and brand new desktop player [..] designed for music" according to Google. The service includes "thousands of playlists, official versions of millions of songs, albums, artist radio and more" and "all the music videos people expect from YouTube".
The new YouTube Music homescreen provides recommendations based on past listening activity.
YouTube Premium on the other hand is the new name for YouTube Red. Google promises that YouTube Red customers will be moved to YouTube Premium and will pay what they pay for YouTube Red right now.
Customers may reserve the YouTube Red price for YouTube Premium in countries where YouTube Red is available by joining YouTube Red (in other words, by subscribing to YouTube Red right now).
New subscribers, on the other hand, will have to pay more as YouTube Music Premium is now included in the offer.
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YouTube Red customers are moved to YouTube Premium automatically once YouTube Premium becomes available.
Subscribers to Google Play Music get YouTube Music Premium added to their subscription without additional cost. Google promises that nothing will change for Google Play Music subscribers.
And if you use Google Play Music, nothing will change -- you’ll still be able to access all of your purchased music, uploads and playlists in Google Play Music just like always.
YouTube Premium rolls out in markets where YouTube Red is available in already and then later on to new markets (Austria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom).
Google customers get music and video streaming for $11.99 per month (or $9.99 if they have been migrated from YouTube Red), or only music streaming for $9.99.
While I'm not interested in the new services, I'm sure that users from around the world will find the services interesting. It remains to be seen if Google can get enough subscribers to make it worthwhile, and if the company manages to produce enough original content to keep subscribers entertained.
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