YouTube Music streaming service confirmed, set to launch on May 22

Unlike YouTube Music Premium, YouTube Premium will be price at $11.99 per month for all new members.

Just like any other music streaming service, YouTube Music will let people access a wide variety of songs, artists, albums, and playlists all in one place. The YouTube team is planning a not insignificant change to YouTube Red, the subscription service that not only removes ads from YouTube but also allows access to YouTube original content, including the popular Cobra Kai.

Much like YouTube Red, Premium will give you access to all of YouTube's Originals including fortcoming releases like Impulse and Liza Koshy's Liza on Demand.

The new service is the beginning of the predicted migration of Google's music offering to the YouTube brand. And in the course of a month this service will be available in Canada, Germany, France, UK and other European countries.

Unfortunately, there is no specific mention of whether Google Play Music will go away, or be absorbed by YouTube Music Premium.

"The days of jumping back and forth between multiple music apps and YouTube are over", YouTube said.

YouTube Music will personalise the users' home screens dynamically to provide recommendations based on various factors such as their location, their listening history and what they are doing at the moment.


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YouTube is the Internet's biggest video site, with more than 1.8 billion accounts tuning in every month.

A couple of years ago YouTube Red was launched. Anyone who already has a Google Play Music subscription gets YouTube Music as part of that membership. With YouTube Premium, you'll be free of ads, able to play videos in the background, or download them for offline playback. Google Play Music is not going anywhere soon.

"YouTube in general is where most music is consumed".

It will be offered to users in the form of a free ad-supported version as well as a premium variant. It seems that YouTube Music will tap the wonders of natural language processing (NLP) to let you find music based on a vague description.

YouTube Premium will also be expanded beyond its existing five markets to cover the same ground as the new YouTube Music service. "It's a little bit of an art and not a science, because you might be using YouTube to research something, and we really want to be playing things you want", he said.


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