YouTube Launches New YouTube Music Service and iOS App

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YouTube today unveiled YouTube Music, a streaming music service and app designed to compete with existing streaming music offerings like Apple Music and Spotify. YouTube Music is part of YouTube Red, the ad-free subscription service YouTube announced last month.

The new YouTube Music app is available for both iOS and Android devices, bringing the YouTube Music service to a wide range of smartphones and tablets. YouTube Music, which offers both songs and accompanying music videos, includes both an ad-supported free tier and a paid ad-free version that's tied to a user's YouTube Red subscription. YouTube Red costs $9.99 per month (or $12.99 in the iOS app to account for Apple's 30 percent cut), but users can sign up for a free14-day YouTube Music trial when downloading the app.


Paying for YouTube Music via YouTube Red allows listeners to and stream songs on-demand, create playlists, and listen without ads. Music can also be saved and listened to offline. Without a subscription, users can still listen to songs and watch videos, but the service will include ads.


Like other streaming music services, YouTube Music lets users search for content, but it also includes curated lists of the top songs of the week and a section on music that's trending. It also has dedicated artist pages with additional album recommendations as a way to discover content, and it offers a music library that includes classic videos, concert footage, live recordings, and other content that's not available on other services.

The YouTube Music app for iOS can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]

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BigMcGuire

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As someone with a Google Music subscription already (so Youtube Red and this come with it), "Meh" cuz I never watch music videos anyway but I know quite a few people who do. Youtube Red has been the most cool thing about my Google Music subscription (no ads on Youtube videos).
 

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$12.99 if you buy it in the App Store, and $9.99 directly from Google? I thought Apple didn't allow this. Looks like Google is challenging this policy.
 

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$12.99 if you buy it in the App Store, and $9.99 directly from Google? I thought Apple didn't allow this. Looks like Google is challenging this policy.
Spotify and Netflix do the same thing, if I'm not mistaken. The only rule that Apple has regarding this is that you can't have a link that goes from your app to your website from which you can buy the service.
 

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Spotify and Netflix do the same thing, if I'm not mistaken. The only rule that Apple has regarding this is that you can't have a link that goes from your app to your website from which you can buy the service.
It's amazing how much hostility this generates from uninformed users on Google+ and other places. What's funny is, they aren't clear whether or not it's Google or Apple doing this but there's hate there anyway. lol. And yeah, you're right, if I'm not mistaken as well. I've always had the habit of signing up for stuff OUTSIDE of iOS apps if I can.
 

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How many versions of a streaming service are Google going to release?

Google Music - Free music storage locker and player

Google Music All Access - music locker plus subscription streaming service like Apple Music

YouTube Key - Comes with GMAA, listen to music videos on YouTube

YouTube Music - Listen to music on YouTube in a separate app that behaves like Apple Music/Google Music/Spotify?

YouTube Red - Comes with GMAA, listen to YouTube videos in background, ad free, save for offline viewing

YouTube Gaming - Separate YouTube app that stream games and watch game streams like Twitch

YouTube Kids - Separate YouTube app that shows kid only shows

What the hell is going on over there at Google.
 

BigMcGuire

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Is google going to discontinue google music or what?
This is supposed to be an addon - or something included with Google Music. I wish they kept it in all one app instead of all this (Youtube Red, Google Music, Youtube Music, etc...) To your credit, I was thinking the same thing. lol. All for 1 subscription.

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How many versions of a streaming service are Google going to release?

Google Music - Free music storage locker and player

Google Music All Access - music locker plus subscription streaming service like Apple Music

YouTube Key - Comes with GMAA, listen to music videos on YouTube

YouTube Music - Listen to music on YouTube in a separate app that behaves like Apple Music/Google Music/Spotify?

YouTube Red - Comes with GMAA, listen to YouTube videos in background, ad free, save for offline viewing

YouTube Gaming - Separate YouTube app that stream games and watch game streams like Twitch

YouTube Kids - Separate YouTube app that shows kid only shows

What the hell is going on over there at Google.
I think they are trying to reach as many people as possible. Understanding that not every service will be a fit for all people. Scattershot strategy in my opinion, but it doesn't really affect me. I have All Access, and so far, all of those services roll up to my $9.99 All Access account. YTRed is probably the best out bunch. I don't even need my ad blocker for it.
 
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I can't wait to hear what exclusives this one will have. Hopefully not the new Frank Ocean album. Make it Pink Floyd live in 1973 (exclusive mono version) kind of thing, please.
 

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One of the "rumors" I heard when Apple was working on Apple Music is that they were concerned that a lot of people used youtube as their music streaming service. I checked around and indeed I found a lot of the younger crowd simply play the videos in the background in order to listen to music at work. My understanding is that there is a very large group of people that are streaming this way at work where things like spotify is disabled. I don't know if the google "ad-free" services would go through the corporate services or if they would get blocked as another streaming service. I am still in the camp of owning my own music, but my wife loves spotify (the free with commercial version). I think the industry is all over the place on this. Giving away the videos on youtube (with some ad support) undermines their desire to make a profit it seems to me. They are all over the place with streaming where it looks like they support various models that are not very compatible. Hopefully they can rationalize this all and get to a set of distribution approaches that both fit with the listeners and provides adequate profits to the artists. Right now the 10000000 versions of google play (call it what you will) and all the competing approaches by other companies including Apple really makes no sense IMHO.
 

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One of the "rumors" I heard when Apple was working on Apple Music is that they were concerned that a lot of people used youtube as their music streaming service. I checked around and indeed I found a lot of the younger crowd simply play the videos in the background in order to listen to music at work. My understanding is that there is a very large group of people that are streaming this way at work where things like spotify is disabled. I don't know if the google "ad-free" services would go through the corporate services or if they would get blocked as another streaming service. I am still in the camp of owning my own music, but my wife loves spotify (the free with commercial version). I think the industry is all over the place on this. Giving away the videos on youtube (with some ad support) undermines their desire to make a profit it seems to me. They are all over the place with streaming where it looks like they support various models that are not very compatible. Hopefully they can rationalize this all and get to a set of distribution approaches that both fit with the listeners and provides adequate profits to the artists. Right now the 10000000 versions of google play (call it what you will) and all the competing approaches by other companies including Apple really makes no sense IMHO.
Can confirm (at least on our network) All Access streams perfectly. My JBL Pulse runs from the moment I arrive until the moment I leave. They aren't all over the place with streaming. It's actually really cohesive. Google should really do themselves a favor and add clarity to their offerings so people understand better. Simply put, Youtube Red and Google Play All Access are the same service. For $9.99 you get all, whether you subscribe to Youtbe Red or All Access. As I type this I understand the logic a little better. There are tons of people who like one service but not the other so I guess they want to get as many people as possible. It's like offering a Cadillac Escalade and a Yukon Denali or a Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator.
 
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How many versions of a streaming service are Google going to release?

Google Music - Free music storage locker and player

Google Music All Access - music locker plus subscription streaming service like Apple Music

YouTube Key - Comes with GMAA, listen to music videos on YouTube

YouTube Music - Listen to music on YouTube in a separate app that behaves like Apple Music/Google Music/Spotify?

YouTube Red - Comes with GMAA, listen to YouTube videos in background, ad free, save for offline viewing

YouTube Gaming - Separate YouTube app that stream games and watch game streams like Twitch

YouTube Kids - Separate YouTube app that shows kid only shows

What the hell is going on over there at Google.
It's worth nothing that all that stuff ^^ is included in the single $9.99 sub
Indeed. So why does Google make it so confusing? Call it Google YouTube Music (GYM for short,) list all the features you get, for $9.99/month, and be done with it.

I'm sitting here trying to decipher which feature I might want to pay for, then realize it doesn't matter, as they're all really just one subscription for $9.99/month, for functionality that is spread across many different apps.
 
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