YouTube Music: What is it?
Google has decided to throw its hat in the ring and join the ranks of Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, and others – with its own service: YouTube Music. Essentially, this is a subscription-based music streaming service for consumers. YouTube Music launched on Tuesday, May 22nd in fiver major markets around the world. However, you may be wondering what makes the service different from the other competitors. Rest assured, the digital music distribution platform has a lot to offer.
If you are curious about the service, here are some things we can tell you. The cost is probably the first thing of interest. Accessing YouTube Music is free of charge. Because of the free service, the user will have to listen to advertisements. Additionally, if you aren’t interested in listening to ads, you can shell out some cash to skip them. YouTube Music Premium is a paid subscription that costs $9.99 a month. This price point is on par with other basic plans offered by other digital music distribution services. For example, Spotify Premium is a similarly featured service with the same price point.
YouTube Music: More Information
In addition to YouTube Music, Google is launching YouTube Premium which is their replacement for YouTube Red. This includes original video content in addition to music. Anybody who already has a Google Play Music subscription gets YouTube Music as part of that membership. The new redesigned app and desktop player are designed specifically around playing music. Google has argued that using YouTube for music needs has an advantage as it incorporates not only official versions of songs, but remixes, live versions, and covers. Google has also promised that the experience will be smoother for those who are overwhelmed by the choices.
Other features such as the “Your Mixtape” will create a collection of music compiled from your favorite artists or songs frequently listened to. It is automatically downloaded to a user’s phone which is accessible for offline listening. This is quite a cool feature for a digital music distribution app.
Early access to YouTube Music is limited to a portion of users in the United States, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, and South Korea. YouTube says Austria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom will be added in the coming weeks.