After an incredibly confusing initial launch, YouTube Music and YouTube Premium are officially available today to everyone in the US, as well as 16 other countries.
In case you happened to miss all of our previous coverage of YouTube Music, just know that this is supposed to be Google’s future of music. YouTube Music will eventually fully replace Google Play Music and be the only service from Google for music.
As of today, the service features not only music videos, but full albums, singles, remixes, live performances, covers, and other hard-to-find tracks. It uses YouTube’s recommendation smarts to help you find new music, plus there are playlists available, smarter searching for songs, and ad-free listening if you pay for the premium version.
At some point, YouTube Music will bring over your Google Play Music playlists, collections, and preferences. No timetable has been given on that situation, though.
YouTube Music Premium offers ad-free playing, but you’ll also get background listening and downloads. It costs $9.99 per month for a single user or $14.99 for a family.
The current YouTube Music country list includes the US, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, South Korea, Austria, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Russia, Spain, Sweden, and the UK.
YouTube Premium, which is actually a different service from YouTube Music Premium, is also available today. It used to be called YouTube Red and was YouTube’s ad-free experience. If you subscribe to it for the $11.99 monthly price, it includes a YouTube Music Premium subscription, as well as ad-free video, background playback, downloads, and access to YouTube Originals programming.
If interested in either, you can sign-up here and here.
// YouTube Blog