YouTube has finally launched its much talked about new services YouTube Music and YouTube Premium in 17 countries around the world. Users in countries such as U.S., Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, South Korea, Austria, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Russia, Spain, and Sweden can now access YouTube’s new paid-for services.
There are two versions of the new YouTube Music. The free version presents us with the popular YouTube music that we like. Theoretically, the recommendations will be greatly improved thanks to improvements to YouTube’s search algorithms. It’ll also offer full albums, singles, remixes, playlists, etc.
For $9.99 a month users gain access to the paid version of YouTube Music, offers an ad-free experience and the ability to listen to YouTube in the background, with the app minimized. Paid users will also be able to download tracks for offline listening.
As many YouTube users listen to music on the video platform, it has been trying to crack a paid-for music service for some time now. Let’s see if YouTube Music finally makes the breakthrough and offer some serious competition to the likes of Spotify.
YouTube Go is a free, official app from Google that provides a variety of features that make the YouTube more bandwidth-conscious and help avoid buffering while on the go.
For an extra $2 a month users can subscribe to YouTube Premium for $11.99 a month. YouTube Premium offers everything that comes with the paid version of YouTube Music, but also provides a premium service for all YouTube videos. Subscribers to Premium won’t see any ads, will be able to download videos, and will also get access to YouTube Originals.
YouTube Originals is the home of YouTube’s original series and movies. Some of the more prominent YouTubers make many of these, but YouTube is trying to compete with the original content produced by Netflix and HBO with Originals. The video platform offers creators production budgets so that they can create higher quality videos than usual.
What do you think of YouTube’s new services? Will you be signing up?