Google announced their brand new music streaming service in the middle of the night, and they’re going with YouTube Music, not YouTube Remix. The service will use Google’s existing, mostly ignored YouTube Music app but with some new tweaks and features.
YouTube Music reimagines the mobile app but also comes to desktop, similar to how Google Play Music currently works. You’ll have access to ad-free listening and tons of playlists and remixes, plus music videos, which is arguably what YouTube is best for. It’s going to tightly integrate Google’s search expertise, though, so even if you don’t know what song you’re looking for, you can simply search for a description of the song or some lyrics and YouTube Music will try and guess what you’re talking about.
The home screen of YouTube Music will also help you find new content by dynamically changing what you see based on your listening history, the day of what, what you’re doing, etc. That’s a feature familiar to Google Play Music users, and hopefully it works just as well.
As far as pricing goes, you won’t actually have to pay for YouTube Music. There’s an ad-supported tier that everyone will have access to that seems a little more robust than the radio stations on Google Play Music. You can pay for an ad-free experience with YouTube Music Premium for $9.99, which Google Play Music subscribers will automatically have access to.
On top of that, YouTube Red will just become YouTube Premium, which includes the ad-free, offline, and background listening of YouTube Music Premium but across all of YouTube. It also includes YouTube originals. The all-inclusive service will be $11.99 and does include the YouTube Music stuff.
According to Google, you’ll still be able to keep your YouTube Red pricing for YouTube Premium when it launches next Tuesday. There’s a bit of mystery around what happens to the $7.99/month Google Play Music members and whether they’ll also get YouTube Premium, but we’ve reached out to Google for some clarification.