Google has announced YouTube Music, a new music streaming service from the search giant. YouTube Music will become available in a free version and a paid version that is called YouTube Music Premium that costs $9.99 a month.
According to YouTube there are millions of tracks and playlists on the new service and also remixes, music videos, covers and live recordings. The service will personalize the home screen with recommendation based on the user’s listening history and location. This means that YouTube Music could e.g. recommend uplifting music when it detects the user is a gym.
When using the free version of YouTube Music, the user has to listen to commercial breaks. YouTube Music Premium, which costs $9.99, allows background listening, downloads and an ad-free experience.
The service will become available from the 22nd of May in the United States, Australia, New Zealand and Mexico. In the following weeks it will also become available in Austria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
Current subscribers to Google Play Music can continue to use their paid music, uploads and playlists, YouTube Music won’t replace anything.
Google also announced YouTube Premium which offers access to Google Music and also to exclusive YouTube content. YouTube Premium will cost $11.99 per month for new subscribers for which users get an ad-free experience, background play, and downloads across the millions of videos on YouTube.