Watch Out, Spotify? YouTube Music Launches May 22 – Warehouse Discounts

Watch Out, Spotify? YouTube Music Launches May 22

YouTube is officially jumping into the music-streaming space with the May 22 launch of YouTube Music. The days of jumping back and forth between multiple music apps and YouTube are over,” YouTube said in a blog post. “Whether you want to listen, watch or discover, it’s all here.” Like Spotify, YouTube will offer a free, ad-supported version of YouTube Music; a premium version will set you back £9.99 per month, but ditches the ads and allows for background listening and downloads.

Watch Out, Spotify? YouTube Music Launches May 22 The Google-owned company promises “official songs, albums, thousands of playlists and artist radio plus YouTube’s tremendous catalog of remixes, live performances, covers and music videos that you can’t find anywhere else.” YouTube Music will be available on mobile, the web, and via a new desktop player. What about Google Play Music?

Nothing will change there, but subscribers will also get a YouTube Music Premium membership. But those who subscribe to YouTube Red, which allows for an ad-free YouTube video experience, will see a rebrand and a price hike. YouTube Red will become YouTube Premium, and it will now cost £11.99 per month for new members, up from £9.99, “because it includes our brand new YouTube Music service,” YouTube said.

Existing members will be grandfathered into the £9.99-per-month price (and new members can still nab the £9.99 price as of this writing).

YouTube Music will roll out on Tuesday in the US, Australia, New Zealand, and Mexico; South Korea will also get YouTube Premium that day. Soon, the music service will launch in Austria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the UK.

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