YouTube to roll out new music service on May 22

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On May 16, online video site YouTube announced it will launch a music streaming service at the end of the month. If you're a Google Play Music subscriber, then you're getting YouTube Music Premium for free. Graduating up is YouTube Music Premium, which for $9.99 a month offers background listening and downloads, without those pesky ads, a blog post explains. YouTube have confirmed with USA Today that Google Play Music will eventually be phased out and replaced by YouTube Music. YouTube music is more focused towards offering music, videos and demands a YouTube Red subscription. So essentially this is what is happening, YouTube Red will now be split into YouTube Music and the YouTube Premium.

With YouTube Music, you have free and paid tiers. Unlike YouTube Music Premium, YouTube Premium will be price at $11.99 per month for all new members. It will expand more broadly in the coming weeks. As long as you describe it well, or provide a line or two of lyrics, it will give you the song you want. Play Music isn't going away yet, though it's hard to see what future objective there will be to Google sustaining two services and apps that overlap to quite such a degree. YouTube has made no mention of podcasting, and whether it plans to support them through YouTube Music in the future. Google Play Music is purely music-based, and functions as both a streaming service (like Spotify) and a storage location for your vast collection of MP3s.

In 2014, it debuted YouTube Music Key, a subscription service that never expanded beyond a small, invite-only crowd of testers.

So does that mean we have to say goodbye to Google Play Music? Spotify is great for recorded music, but nothing can quite match YouTube's range of live performances, remixes, and custom playlists.

YouTube Premium will come with advantages like a totally ad-free experience, desktop playback and the ability to download content for offline media consumption.

It's also worth mentioning podcasts which are now available through Google Play Music.

In addition to YouTube Music Premium, Google is re-branding YouTube Red as YouTube Premium. For now, at least, those subscribers will still be able to access all their purchased music, uploads and playlists in Google Play Music.