YouTube Music: New Music Streaming Service will be Launched this Week

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The new music streaming service will be initially available in the Australia, Mexico, South Korea, United States, and New Zealand on 22 May.

In tandem with the YouTube Music launch, Google also revealed that YouTube Red - its paid subscription service that removed ads from across the whole of YouTube and offered original content too - will now become YouTube Premium.

The big difference with Google's new plan, however, is that all of the non-music features included with YouTube Red will now cost extra.

YouTube remains the No. 1 streaming service for music globally, although most of its 1.5 billion monthly users listen and watch videos for free.

A new ad-supported version of Music will be available for free, with a $9.99/month "Music Premium" tier offering ad-free content, background playback, and offline downloads. And in the course of a month this service will be available in Canada, Germany, France, UK and other European countries.

YouTube Music: New Music Streaming Service will be Launched this Week
YouTube Music: New Music Streaming Service will be Launched this Week

Since its launch in February 2005, and subsequent acquisition by Google in November 2006, video streaming portal YouTube has grown to a position of nearly absolute dominance in the video streaming sector. It's basically all of the music you find on YouTube, with videos and everything, better put together than the current YouTube Music. We have actually been hearing rumors that a new YouTube music streaming service was in the works and now it looks like it is finally here. Anyone who already has a Google Play Music subscription gets YouTube Music as part of that membership.

As for the price, YouTube Premium is launching for $11.99 per month (U.S. price).

Download the Nigeria Today app from Play store. With YouTube Music, users will be able to search for artists and songs, both recorded and live.

A reimagined mobile app and brand new desktop player that are designed for music. However, existing YouTube Red members will still continue to pay the previous price.

If you're interested in learning more, head over to the YouTube Music signup page and add your details, but we'll likely hear more next week. Or, if you prefer a more negative slant, YouTube Red now costs $2 more than it did before.