YouTube Music, a new subscription streaming service, will launch on May 22

YouTube announces new streaming service You Tube Music                  By April Clare Welsh May 17 2018

In a briefing this week, the company promised it will be closing gaps between the two services over the next month, so Google Play Music members don't lose the features they've grown accustomed to, including a cloud-based MP3 storage locker.

YouTube Music is getting an overhaul, which an emphasis on personalization. And if you use Google Play Music, nothing will change - you'll still be able to access all of your purchased music, uploads and playlists in Google Play Music just like always.

YouTube Music is, as the name suggests, a music streaming service that will launch on May 22. It will be expanded to some other countries in the following weeks.

So how does it work? YouTube Music is a revamped version of its existing music service, the YouTube Red, that will offer on-demand music, similar to what we have seen in Spotify or Apple Music.

The blog post includes a new, important stat: "More than 1 billion music fans come to YouTube each month to be part of music culture and discover new music", according to Roman - the first time YouTube has broken out a stat for its music users.

YouTube Premium will replace the YouTube Red subscription service.

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Unfortunately, there is no specific mention of whether Google Play Music will go away, or be absorbed by YouTube Music Premium.

More information on YouTube Music can be found here.

Ad-free listening, offline downloads, and background listening are all already available as part of YouTube Red, which is now being rebranded as YouTube Premium.

The YouTube Music Premium subscription removes the ads and also gives access to background listening and downloads. Subscribers will get YouTube Music added for free, but it's not clear what will eventually happen to the older service - it does offer some features that YouTube Music doesn't, like the option to upload digital tracks to the web and stream them to any device. YouTube Music Premium is a paid membership for $9.99 per month. The brand will bring Austria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom later.

Perhaps this move will allow Google Executives to gauge the worth of its video streaming and music platform separately.

While I'm not interested in the new services, I'm sure that users from around the world will find the services interesting.

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