YouTube has finally made the official announcement that it is launching yet another music streaming service next week. This time they are called YouTube Music Premium and YouTube Music and join a long line of streaming services from Google and YouTube that haven’t really taken off to compete with the likes of Apple Music, Spotify or Amazon Music. The launch is coming next week on May 22.
According to a blog post on their website, the service will come in two tiers, YouTube Music Premium, which will cost $9.99 per month and then YouTube Premium.
YouTube Music Premium promises to be “a new music streaming service made for music: official songs, albums, thousands of playlists and artist radio plus YouTube’s tremendous catalog of remixes, live performances, covers and music videos that you can’t find anywhere else - all simply organized and personalized. For the first time, all the ways music moves you can be found in one place.”
It does have the advantage of video, but Spotify and Apple Music have become a place for video as well, though not as publicly or as prolifically. They also promise thousands of playlists, millions of songs, albums and more. It will recommend music based on tastes and past listening habits.
YouTube Premium gives you all the benefits of YouTube Music Premium (this is getting confusing guys), but then also gives you ad-free video, downloads, play in the background capability and access to YouTube originals. This is called YouTube Red now, but it is going to be called YouTube Premium going forward. If at first you don't succeed, try again, and again and again.
If you are a Google Play member, you will get a YouTube Music Premium membership as part of your subscription fee and still keep everything you have on Google Play Music.
On May 22, the service will be launched U.S., Australia, New Zealand, Mexico and South Korea (though South Korea will only get YouTube Premium). Soon it will arrive in Austria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.