The global giant of online video sharing – YouTube- has finally unveiled its plan for music streaming, and is called YouTube Music. The new streaming service will become available in the US, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and South Korea on 22 May, with countries like the UK set to get the service in the “coming weeks”.
There have been plenty of rumours over the years about whether and when YouTube will release some sort of music streaming service, and was even recently said to be called YouTube Remix. But YouTube Music is set in stone now, and according to Google, it will be aimed at those looking for music to watch and not just listen to. This will make use of YouTube’s already extensive collection of music videos.
“[We’re] introducing YouTube Music, a new music streaming service made for music with the magic of YouTube: making the world of music easier to explore and more personalized than ever. The days of jumping back and forth between multiple music apps and YouTube are over.” Says YouTube Music Product Manager Elias Roman.
This new service doesn’t spell the end for Google’s own music streaming service (Google Play Music), in fact if you are a subscriber to this service, you will also gain a YouTube Music Premium membership included. This means there are no major changes for the Google Play Music service, and the new service promises “a re-imagined mobile app and brand new desktop player that are designed for music”, where you will have access to millions of songs, and also artist radio, thousands of playlists and nearly every music video out there. Pricing will start at $9.99 for the YouTube Music service, with other pricing to be announced.