Google Revamps YouTube Music, Adds YouTube Premium

Google Revamps YouTube Music, Adds YouTube Premium

Kenneth Drake
May 18, 2018

The new YouTube Music is going to make it easier for you find more of the music you're looking for.

YouTube Premium ($11.99) is the replacement of YouTube Red ($9.99) and includes YouTube Music Premium ($9.99) access.

YouTube Red offers ad-free videos along with added features. In addition, YouTube Music is also available by itself for $10 per month.

Last night, the company did not detail how family plans will work with the new Premium offering. This will get expanded beyond to other countries in the following weeks. It has announced a new streaming platform called YouTube Music, along with an ad-free video service called YouTube Premium.

"YouTube Music" was a part of "YouTube Red", that is the company's subscription video streaming service which was launched in November 2014.

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Current YouTube Red users, take note: YouTube Premium is YouTube Red rebranded. The YouTube Music service will eventually replace Google Play Music. There will also be YouTube Music Premium which at $9.99 a month will offer users an ad-free experience.

YouTube is launching its own music and video streaming services, in a bid to compete with the might of Spotify, Apple Music and Netflix. Subscribers to Play Music will also get a YouTube Music premium subscription. It is a mobile app and desktop player that gives you access to millions of songs.

Revenue from music streaming services overtook sales of CDs and digital downloads for the first time previous year, according to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry.

YouTube Music starts to roll out from Tuesday in the US, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico and South Korea. For instance, Play Music lets you upload your personal MP3 collection and listen to it free. 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.