YouTube to launch its own music streaming service next week

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A new music streaming service from Google is coming soon—next week as a matter of fact. YouTube Music is the new streaming service Google is set to launch next week, and will become an addition to an already saturated field.

The exact launch date according to the company’s official blog is May 22nd. YouTube Music just as the name suggests, will be dedicated solely for music—including songs, albums, playlists and artist radio. The service will also offer catalog of remixes, live performances, covers and music videos.

Starting Tuesday, we’re rolling out early access to the new YouTube Music experience in the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, Mexico and South Korea*. It will expand more broadly in the coming weeks, the company said in a blog post.

In a nutshell, YouTube Music will offer:

  • Remixes, covers, live versions as well as deep cuts—from the biggest artists in the world to freshest voices breaking through.
  • New and iconic videos from “God’s Plan” and “Havana” to “Thriller,” “Sledgehammer,” and more.
  • You will be able to find music even if you don’t know the name of the artist—all you need to do is to describe the song.
  • Personalized home screen that dynamically adapts to provide recommendations based on your listening history, where you are and what you are doing.

Google is offering users two different options—ad free and premium. The first option is for all users who really don’t care much about seeing ads while using YouTube Music. They will be able to access the new music streaming service without paying for subscription.

The second option, YouTube Music Premium, is a paid membership that gives you background listening, downloads and an ad-free experience for $11.99 a month for all new members.

Google said current YouTube Red and Google Play Music subscribers in the US, Australia, South Korea, New Zealand and Mexico will continue to access the existing features they already enjoy at the same price they pay today. Google Play users in countries different from the aforementioned ones will automatically have access to YouTube Music Premium as soon as it becomes available there. What that means is that if use Google Play Music, all things remain the same – you will still be able to access all of your purchased music, uploads and playlists in Google Play Music just like always.

In other YouTube stories, the streaming site has launched new tools that will allow you to set limits on your viewing. In other words, you will receive reminders telling you to consider taking a break from watching videos. The feature will be rolling out soon in the latest version of the YouTube app.

YouTube is also rolling out new tools that will give you an overview of your binge behavior so you can make highly-informed decisions about your viewing habits.

The tool is called “Take a break reminder,” and will become available to users in the coming days. You can set a reminder to take a break while watching videos. You can set the reminder to appear every 15, 30, 60, 90 or 180 minutes, and your video will pause at that interval until you dismiss it or resume playing the video.

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Author: Ola Ric

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