Millions of songs are stored on YouTube and listened to by more than one billion people worldwide. Through YouTube, Google has paid north of $3 billion to the music industry. Now, Google wants to do even more to support the music industry by providing users with a dedicated place for discovering music.
Welcome to YouTube Music.
YouTube Music is a single place for tracks, music videos, artists, albums, remixes, covers, lyric videos, and concert footage to be displayed. This is all within an ad-free environment.
The official app features a simple design, focusing on three areas to benefit users. The Home and Trending tabs show recommended and custom stations in addition to what other users are enjoying. People normally associate YouTube with video, but YouTube Music allows music streaming to be done in the background or without ever loading a video. Music can be streamed offline, too.
YouTube Music costs $9.99 per month, but Google is currently offering a 14-day trial with no credit card required. Subscribers are also able to use Play Music and YouTube Red at no extra charge. Google is basically giving access to all three premium services for $9.99 per month. Confused about anything? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Google is launching streaming services that are so similar, making it difficult to understand which is the right one for you. But at least now a single monthly fee encompasses all three of these services. And, of course, you can pay nothing and continue using the existing free YouTube app.
For now, only people in the United States with Android and iOS devices can use YouTube Music.