YouTube Music Officially Available to All Today, YouTube Premium Too

Danny Woods
June 19, 2018

YouTube today expanded YouTube Music and YouTube Premium to the services' first new markets since they officially debuted last month.

Since the launch in the USA of YouTube Music, the question most people have been asking is: why isn't this a direct replacement to Google Play Music?

If you're a bit confused about the differences between YouTube Music and YouTube Premium, you aren't alone.

Open the YouTube app and tap the profile icon at the very top right.

You can download the new YouTube Music from the Play Store and App Store.

"It's on us to make sure the Premium rollouts are enough of a success so that we can push forward with a lot of other shows in a meaningful way..." The original YouTube Music was a free, ad-supported service that provided millions of audio- and video-based music recordings.

A free tier is available, but there is a subscription to remove music ads, use background playback, and download songs for offline playback for $9.99.

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YouTube Music offers plenty of personalization, access to music videos, curated playlists, smart search, and much more. Today, Google announced that they are expanding the availability of YouTube Music and YouTube Music Premium to everyone in the U.S, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico and South Korea in addition to 12 new countries including Austria, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Russia, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.

This means you can view the latest music on the video platform and download the track straight on your phone without switching apps or services. YouTube Music has you covered.

YouTube Music costs $9.99 or $14.99 for a family plan, while YouTube Premium (which does include all the Music features) will be an extra $2 - $3 per month, landing at $11.99 for a single user and $17.99 for a family plan. It will also offer automatic recommendations based on the artists and songs you have played before on the service, along with where you are now located, and what you might be doing.

YouTube users and music fans can now access a brand new Google-powered service on their smartphones.

YouTube Music will eventually replace Google Play Music as the company's flagship streaming service.

The new service is an attempt by the Californian digital empire to combat its fast-growing rivals like Spotify, Apple Music and Deezer. (Or $17.99 per month for a Family Plan.) Though it's now running a promotion offering the premium service free for the first three months.

Will the time come where YouTube's pay-per-view movie streaming gets included in their Premium subscription price?

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