YouTube unveils new song streaming service

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Screenshots of a new YouTube Music app

YouTube is rising a song streaming service, charity both videos and audio tracks, in an try to contest with a likes of Spotify and Apple Music.

YouTube Music will brew millions of “official” marks with a immeasurable catalog of rarities and remixes uploaded by YouTube’s users.

Like Spotify, it will offer a free, ad-funded app, alongside reward subscriptions costing $9.99 per month.

It will launch in 5 countries, including a US and Mexico, on 22 May.

The Google-owned association pronounced YouTube Music would come to Europe “soon”.

Personalised playlists

YouTube Music product manager Elias Roman said: “The days of jumping behind and onward between mixed song apps and YouTube are over. Whether we wish to listen, watch or discover, it’s all here.”

In a blog post, he total that a use would offer a brew of “official songs, albums, thousands of playlists and artist radio and YouTube’s extensive catalog of remixes, live performances, covers and song videos that we can’t find anywhere else”.

He betrothed that a new app would offer personalised playlists formed on users’ streaming history, many like Spotify’s Discover Weekly.

It is accepted that YouTube Music will eventually reinstate Google Play Music, that is a company’s tide streaming offering.

Existing Google Play Music business will get a YouTube Music package thrown into their subscription for free, while Roman reassured users that their playlists, purchases and uploads would sojourn total once Google Play was phased out.

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Some of a biggest-selling artists of final year

YouTube is already a many renouned height for streaming song in a universe (excluding China) – accounting for 46% of all listening.

Although a site attracts some-more than a billion song fans each month, it has regularly been pounded by a song attention for permitting users to upload videos that transgress on copyright, and for unwell to compensate artists properly.

The new use is justification of a truce between Google and a song industry, and new chartering deals were negotiated final year.

Although some-more than one billion people tide song on YouTube each month, a Google-owned association lags behind a competitors when it comes to paid-for subscriptions.

Launching in 5 territories

Its tide offerings – Google Play and YouTube Red – reportedly have a total user bottom of 7 million profitable customers.

Spotify now has 75 million subscribers, while Apple Music has 42 million, with a serve 8 million holding advantage of a giveaway three-month trial.

The 5 territories where YouTube Music will launch are a US, Australia, Mexico, South Korea and New Zealand.

Not by coincidence, these are a countries where YouTube Red – a subscription use charity strange programmes and videos – already exists.

That use will shortly be re-branded YouTube Premium, that will embody entrance to all YouTube Originals as good as YouTube Music for $11.99 a month. The cost paid by tide YouTube Red subscribers won’t change.

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