YouTube’s new music service fell flat when many people found it inaccessible after launching, but now it’s come to everyone and in 12 more countries.
YouTube launched their new music service late last month in 5 countries to little response as many found they couldn’t access it despite it launching where they were. YouTube have just announced a full launch in 17 countries, including the original 5, for YouTube Music and their new subscription for the video side of things, YouTube Premium.
Following it’s gradual launch in the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, and South Korea YouTube have launched YouTube Music for these territories fully. Their new music service, created out of pressure over their music payouts, has also now launched this week in Austria, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Russia, Spain, Sweden, and the UK.
YouTube Music essentially creates a music streaming service out of the plethora of music content on YouTube. Including music videos, album uploads, lyric videos, covers, live videos and more. You can use it with ads as usual or pay a subscription to gain access to ad-free listening, music in the background on devices, and downloads for offline play.
Here’s what makes YouTube Music special:
- It’s ALL here. Not just music videos, but official albums, singles, remixes, live performances, covers and hard-to-find music you can only get on YouTube.
- Recommendations built for you. A home screen that dynamically adapts to provide recommendations based on the artists and songs you’ve played before, where you are and what you’re doing. Chilling at the beach? Need some motivation? The right music is right here, built just for you.
- Thousands of playlists across any genre, mood or activity. Try “A Dose of Sun” for brighter tunes on a cloudy day, “The Pop Hotlist” for the biggest hits around the world or “Distrito Latino” for Latin pop hits of the moment.
- Smart search so we’ll find the song, even if you can’t remember what it’s called. “That space-themed Spice Girls song in the desert.” Here you go. You can also search by lyrics (even if they’re wrong). It’s “Hold me closer, Tony Danza,” right?
- The hottest videos. We’ll keep you on top of what’s hot! The hottest videos in the world right now are right there, on their own dedicated Hotlist screen. Today in the U.S., it features “Nervous” by Shawn Mendes, in the U.K, it’s “Drippy” by IAMDDB, and in France, it’s “Fais moi la passe” by JUL.
- Ad-free listening, downloads and more. Get YouTube Music Premium to listen ad-free, in the background and on-the-go with downloads. Plus, your Offline Mixtape automatically downloads songs you love just in case you forgot to. For a limited time, get three months free of YouTube Music Premium here, ($9.99 per month after, $14.99 per month for a Family Plan).
Their former subscription service for their whole video site, YouTube Red, is also being retired and replaced by YouTube Premium in the countries where Music has launched that had Red. YouTube Premium offers the same benefits of Music except for all of their non-music videos as well as exclusive, original content.
YouTube Music and Google Play Music come bundled together, so a subscription to one means a subscription to the other. This means subscribers to Google’s music streaming service will have instant access to YouTube Music. A subscription to either costs $9.99 and for an extra $2 you can subscribe to YouTube Premium which offers full access to all three for $11.99.