YouTube Music, a new subscription streaming service, will launch on May 22

Posted May 17, 2018

The YouTube advantage, argues Google, is that it will combine all the official versions of songs with access to "thousands" of related playlists, remixes, covers, live versions, and of course, music videos. "On Tuesday, May 22, we'll be changing that by introducing YouTube Music". Over the next few weeks, it will land in a bunch of new markets, too, with some of the name-checked countries including Canada, the U.K., Austria, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Russia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.

YouTube Premium and YouTube Music Premium price. "The days of jumping back and forth between multiple music apps and YouTube are over".

The new YouTube Music homescreen provides recommendations based on past listening activity. A subscription to the Google Play-branded service will include "YouTube Music Premium" membership.

GOOGLE'S CONSTANT quest to avoid atrophy has resulted in a lot of duplication, and YouTube Premium is the latest example. Perhaps this move will allow Google Executives to gauge the worth of its video streaming and music platform separately.

YouTube Premium will still feature the same benefits that customers were getting from their Red subscriptions. Google states that Red members "will automatically" receive access to YouTube Premium when it launches.

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YouTube launching a new music streaming service on May 22

The much rumoured YouTube Music relaunch/rebrand whatever you want to call it is definitely on, with a signup page and information about the service now available.

Nothing is official just yet, but if the launch window of next week is the real deal, we should be hearing more from Google very soon. With YouTube Premium, you'll be free of ads, able to play videos in the background, or download them for offline playback. Users who have opted for YouTube Premium will get free access to YouTube Music Premium service as well.

The video-streaming company plans to charge $2 more for the other parts of YouTube Red, including original shows like "Cobra Kai", but will require individuals to also pay for YouTube Music, the report said.

You may be thinking, "wait a minute, there's already a YouTube Music!".

More information on YouTube Music can be found here.