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Google is launching YouTube Music next week, shortly followed by YouTube Premium - a revamped version of its ad-free YouTube Red subscription service with a renewed focus on original programming. Announced on Wednesday in a blog post, the shake-up in services represents a splitting of the original YouTube Red subscription model, which gave users both ad-free music streaming and access to original video content for $10 a month.

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The new YouTube Music-only service will also cost $10 a month and replaces Google Play Music - existing subscribers will be migrated automatically (that includes non-paying users who have purchased music via Google Play or used the service to upload tracks and playlists). The rebranded service includes personalized playlists, intelligent search, support for background playback and music downloads for offline listening.

The streaming service will also remove ads from music videos, but not the rest of YouTube. An ad-supported version of YouTube Music will be available for free. As part of the launch, Google is promising a "reimagined" mobile app and desktop player that's "designed for music".
YouTube Music is a new music streaming service made for music: 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 - all simply organized and personalized. For the first time, all the ways music moves you can be found in one place.
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YouTube Premium, meanwhile, will cost $12 a month, and includes all the benefits of YouTube Music plus access to original shows as well as ad-free viewing for all of YouTube. The extra $2 over the original YouTube Red subscription will pave the way for more YouTube Originals from around the globe, featuring comedies, dramas, reality series, and action adventure shows from the U.K., Germany, France, Mexico, and more. Existing YouTube Red members will continue to pay the current price for YouTube Premium, however.

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YouTube Music and launches on Tuesday, May 22 in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico and South Korea, rolling out to more countries in the following weeks. They will include Austria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.

YouTube Premium will roll out "soon" in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, and South Korea, later followed by Austria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.

Article Link: New $10 YouTube Music Service to Launch Next Week, Replacing Google Play Music
 

Markoth

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Does Google ever know what they want?
Why would anyone sign up for this as I am sure it will be replaced by something else within a year anyway.
It's one of the downsides of how Google does things. Their employees are quite free to take up their own projects for a portion of their working day, but the problem is that you end up with piles of projects, most of which get abandoned in short order. Good for the employees, but kinda torches their reputation.
 
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Xenc

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Been waiting for this in the UK for years! It’s a shame we can’t take advantage of the Red-to-Premium pricing but it’s better than nothing.

YouTube Music and launches on Tuesday, March 22 in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico and South Korea, rolling out to more countries in the following weeks. They will include Austria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.

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dumastudetto

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It sounds like they will keep Google Play Music around and all the tracks you have uploaded until they have successfully transitioned enough users to the new YT music service. Then they kill Google Play Music and tell all its remaining users they must now use YT Music.

I wonder how long Apple will keep supporting the iTunes Match service that is also included with Apple Music? I believe Amazon has recently dumped their music upload cloud storage offering. It's probably not cheap to run, and licensing fees are paid for matching user uploads with already stored tracks.
 
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recoil80

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That’s cool, so what do you do to support your favourite artists?

Going to concerts and buying songs/album only when I really like them.

ugh I wish they would give me the choice of a cheaper tier that just allowed background play and removed ads :-/ I'd gladly pay $5 a month for that

The free tier from Spotify is great, I'd like it on Apple music as well. And I'd probably pay the 5$ fee they charge for students if I could. I don't feel like spending $10 each and every month since I can listen a lot of stuff for free with a little bit of ads every now and then
 

redneckitengineer

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Of course, none of the premium money goes to the content creators that actually make YouTube. So hey, we’re going to demonetize you for specific viewers and now collect all the revenue for ourselves.
 

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I wonder how long Apple will keep supporting the iTunes Match service that is also included with Apple Music? I believe Amazon has recently dumped their music upload cloud storage offering. It's probably not cheap to run, and licensing fees are paid for matching user uploads with already stored tracks.

The difference with iTunes Match is that Apple just checks out music already on their servers (at least 80% of the time).

Google Play and Amazon has to host everyone's music. So there could be 1 million mp3s of "Louie Louie" on their servers, with Apple, just one.

I still think Eddy Cue and his band of morons will think of a way to kill it.

Oh, and hey YouTube, how about a $5 tier for ad free and make me watch ads on your premium content, because I don't care about your premium content!
I don't go to YouTube to see Logan Paul jumping on a trampoline and pay $12 a month.
 
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err404

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So the existing service is $2 more a month. Not a big deal, but I have no interest in the originals they are funding through this (or Google Music for that matter). I just want ad free Youtube. They are starting to price themselves out for what I am interested in.
 

dmylrea

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This will be good for Spotify as Google Play users will be confused as hell why they're now paying for something called YouTube, and if there is a price hike, will probably ditch the new YT Music and go to Spotify.

I think it's a bad move. Like how Amazon Prime keeps adding "value" and increasing the price, not everyone wan't all that new "value".

We shall see.
 
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This will be good for Spotify as Google Play users will be confused as hell why they're now paying for something called YouTube, and if there is a price hike, will probably ditch the new YT Music and go to Spotify.

I think it's a bad move. Like how Amazon Prime keeps adding "value" and increasing the price, not everyone wan't all that new "value".

We shall see.
Google play music comes with YouTube red already...
 

JRobinsonJr

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It sounds like they will keep Google Play Music around and all the tracks you have uploaded until they have successfully transitioned enough users to the new YT music service. Then they kill Google Play Music and tell all its remaining users they must now use YT Music.

I wonder how long Apple will keep supporting the iTunes Match service that is also included with Apple Music? I believe Amazon has recently dumped their music upload cloud storage offering. It's probably not cheap to run, and licensing fees are paid for matching user uploads with already stored tracks.

I too have wondered about this. From a strictly financial perspective it's probably better for Apple to drive everyone to Music in the long run. However, regardless of how we feel about that it totally misses the bigger picture. Music, Spotify, Amazon Music, Google Music and all the others give us great access to millions of songs... all from the same very large group of artists. But what about the music we can't get on these streaming services?

I've bought CD's of non-mainstream artists that simply aren't available on any of these services. What about them? What about local bands? What about music I make myself? There are just too many scenarios for any of these music services to cover unless they are also willing and able to allow me to inject my own music.
 
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