Why YouTube Music hasn't replaced Google Play Music... yet


Like Spotify, YouTube Music will surface recommendations based on the songs you've listened to before, and it will also offer "thousands of playlists" that not only encompass genres and activities, but also moods. This includes the bulk of Western Europe, plus Russian Federation and Canada.

YouTube Premium gives you the Music Premium package plus access to YouTube Originals TV and films, including "the hit series Cobra Kai, Impulse, F2 Finding Football and The Sidemen Show". The additional markets being added today are: Austria, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Russia, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.

The Google-owned video-streaming platform announced the two services in the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, and Mexico on May 16, and revealed at the time that they would be landing in a bunch of new markets "in the coming weeks".

It's ALL here. Not just music videos, but official albums, singles, remixes, live performances, covers and hard-to-find music you can only get on YouTube.

If you're a bit confused about the differences between YouTube Music and YouTube Premium, you aren't alone. YouTube Music has you covered.

You can find more information about YouTube Premium right here, and check out the new YouTube Music web player right here.

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With YouTube Music, you'll pay $9.99 per month to get ad-free listening along with the ability to download songs and listen to your music in the background.

Both packages are available as a family plan for up to six people at a total cost of either £14.99 or £17.99 per month. YouTube Premium costs £11.99 a month.

After an incredibly confusing initial launch, YouTube Music and YouTube Premium are officially available today to everyone in the USA, as well as 16 other countries. With Smart Search, users can find songs by lyrics and descriptions, with a number of filters built-in. YouTube Premium has already been around for a while as YouTube Red, so here we're seeing Google do a bit of re-branding to make things a little more consistent.

For existing YouTube Red and Google Play Music subscribers, this includes those subscribed to family plans, Google says that they will automatically receive access to YouTube Premium (which includes YouTube Music Premium and Google Play Music) at their current price.

The new service is an attempt by the Californian digital empire to combat its fast-growing rivals like Spotify, Apple Music and Deezer. There's no word on when or if those customers will get a price hike.