YouTube music and YouTube Premium officially launched

YouTube Music and YouTube Premium is now official and they got launched in 17 countries for now. These countries are US, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, South Korea, Austria, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Russia, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.

YouTube Music is the company’s new, all-encompassing music streaming service, and it comes with both “a reimagined mobile app” and a new desktop interface designed specifically for music. It features traditional, album versions of songs as well as live performances, tracks from unsigned artists, remixes, covers, and more. It focuses on music discovery, and the home screen will continually serve new recommendations based upon your listening history, location, and activity. It also has a smart search powered by machine learning, so it can return the right results for queries that Spotify and Apple Music stumble on.


YouTube Music comes with two tiers i.e. free and premium tiers. The free tier is ad-supported and the ad-free version has a subscription cost of $9.99 per month and allows for background listening (for audio tracks only) and downloads.

YouTube Premium is slightly higher at $11.99 per month, but it includes everything YouTube Music offers plus background listening for videos and an ad-free experience across all content on YouTube. It also includes access to YouTube Originals, which includes Cobra Kai, Impulse, soccer documentary F2 Finding Football, and The Sidemen Show. They’re not much of a selling point right now, but Google says options for Originals will expand in the future with “bigger original series and movies,” including comedies, dramas, reality series, and action-adventure shows from the UK, France, Mexico, and other countries.

Anyone who already has a Google Play Music in the US, Australia, New Zealand, or Mexico will get access to YouTube Premium as part of their membership.

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