Monday, 22 April, 2019

Google's Spotify rival YouTube Music finally hits the UK

YouTube Music and YouTube Premium come to UK and 17 other countries - GSMArena.com news YouTube Music and YouTube Premium expand to Canada and 11 European markets
Charles Bowen | 18 June, 2018, 19:28

Current YouTube Red and Google Play Music members (including family plans) in the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, and Mexico will automatically receive access to YouTube Premium at their current price.

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. Additionally, YouTube has now officially launched a YouTube Music Premium Family plan, which it apparently hadn't done at last month's inaugural launch in the USA and elsewhere.

Back in May, YouTube announced it would launch YouTube Music and YouTube Premium in Canada "soon", and today that day has come. The app is available now on iOS and Android in 17 countries, including the U.S., the United Kingdom and Australia. Google is effectively counting on the draw of offering a combination of video and music in one app as a reason for people to make the switch.

YouTube Music is ad-supported (read free, with audio ads) but you can pay £9.99 per month (or £14.99 for a family plan) to get YouTube Music Premium with background playback, downloads and no ads. YouTube Music will eventually fully replace Google Play Music and be the only service from Google for music.

That service finally arrived in the USA at the tail-end of May and, just weeks after that launch, it is now available in the UK. It means that whether or not you remembered to sync your latest playlist for offline listening, you'll always end up with fresh music to listen to if you find yourself unable to stream over Wi-Fi or 4G.

YouTube Music and YouTube Premium come to UK and 17 other countries - GSMArena.com news

To confuse things a little, YouTube Music is not a direct replacement to Google Play Music.

YouTube Music Premium offers ad-free listening with offline downloads, similar to other premium streaming music services, while YouTube says your Offline Mixtape will automatically download songs in case you forget. These are shows created by YouTube in retaliation to the onslaught of Netflix and Amazon Prime Video original content.

The shining light here is Cobra Kai, the Karate Kid spin-off - the show recently found itself the most-watched streaming show across all services and has earned itself a second season. F2 Finding Football and The Sidemen are launching today, with other shows to follow.

Will you be switching to YouTube Music? Without it, users have to keep the YouTube Music app active in the foreground, meaning that if they start using another app, for example, the music will stop playing. Google Play Music has made incredible investment in taste profile.

After soft launching in the five existing Red countries this May, YouTube is beginning the global expansion of its newly revamped Music and Premium services.

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