Google has finally launched its latest YouTube Music and YouTube Premium music services in 17 countries across the globe. Unveiled last month on May 17, both YouTube Music and YouTube Premium music services are designed to lock horns with popular services such as Spotify, Apple Music, and Tidal.
YouTube Music started rolling out today in 17 countries. These include the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, France, Spain, Italy, Austria, Ireland, Norway, Finland, Sweden, Russia, and Germany. Besides, YouTube reportedly plans to expand the service to over 100 countries by 2018.
Users will get access to official songs, covers, albums, music videos, live concerts, and artist radio stations. Not to mention, users also get access to YouTube’s huge library of remixes.
“Now fans around the world can find more of the music they love and effortlessly discover new favourites. YouTube Music is a new music streaming service built on top of all the music on YouTube that you can’t find anywhere else – personalized and all simply organized in one new app and web player,” said Google.
With today’s rollout, Google has replaced the existing YouTube Red service with YouTube Premium. Though, all registered users of YouTube Red and Google Play Music still get the access to features such as ad-free YouTube playback, as well as support for downloads with YouTube Premium.
“Google Play Music subscribers in all other countries will automatically receive access to YouTube Music Premium at their current price as it becomes available there. You’ll still be able to access all of your purchased music, uploads and playlists in Google Play Music just like always,” explained Google in blog post.
Besides, subscribers of YouTube Premium will also get access to a huge library of YouTube Originals TV shows and movies. The service is currently available on a limited-time offer for a period of three months. After the period expires, users will have to pay $11.99 a month, or $17.99 a month if they go for a Family Plan.
YouTube Music and YouTube Music Premium are now available for download on both Android and iOS platforms via their respective App Stores.