YouTube has announced YouTube Music, a new music platform that will compete with streaming giants like Spotify and Apple Music.

Launching on May 22nd in the US, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, and South Korea, while in Austria, Canada, France, Germany, UK, Russia, Italy and many others in the following weeks, Google‘s new streaming service will be available either for free with ads or for $9.99 per month.

Among the YouTube Music’s new services are a new mobile app alongside a new desktop player, combining all the official versions of songs with access to plenty of related playlists, remixes, covers, live versions, and of course, music videos. Also integrated is Google AI, a division of Google dedicated to artificial intelligence, which will help users to easily find songs by lyrics or just a general description.

Paying $11.99, in addition to YouTube Music users will have access to YouTube Premium, an advanced version of the already existing YouTube Red, providing “more, bigger original series and movies,” including comedies, dramas, reality series, and action adventure shows from all around the world.

Existing Google Play Music and Red subscribers will not pay the new higher price but they will maintain their current rate.

Recently, YouTube has announced an increase of ads to push its users to pay for a subscription service. Head here for more info.


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