YouTube Red is Being Replaced by YouTube Music and YouTube Premium

Olive Hawkins
May 17, 2018

YouTube Music, YouTube Music Premium, and YouTube Premium are new services that Google announced yesterday; they are Google's next, and maybe final, attempt at establishing a free and paid streaming service to compete with the likes of Spotify or Apple Music.

In Home, users will see the first differences in the form of sections like New Releases, Your favorites, and Feel-good favorites that feature carousels of albums. Even if users are unable to remember a song or video name, the company claims YouTube Music can display the most accurate results from descriptions on search.

YouTube Music, a streaming music platform created to compete with the likes of Spotify and Apple Music, officially has a launch date: May 22nd. YouTube Red effectively replaced YouTube Music Key back in 2015, so we've nearly gone full circle. The YouTube team is planning a not insignificant change to YouTube Red, the subscription service that not only removes ads from YouTube but also allows access to YouTube original content, including the popular Cobra Kai. Google states that Red members "will automatically" receive access to YouTube Premium when it launches. YouTube Premium will continue to provide an ad-free experience, background play, and downloads across the millions of videos on YouTube.

YouTube Music will also sit alongside a separate "YouTube Premium" subscription, which will cost $11.99 a month.

On that note, Google says that Google Play Music isn't going anywhere (yet).

YouTube Red customers are moved to YouTube Premium automatically once YouTube Premium becomes available.

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YouTube Premium will replace the YouTube Red subscription service.

But YouTube has a spotty track record with music subscriptions in the past.

However, the real question here is what this means for Google Play Music and YouTube Red. However, it will debut in the US, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, and South Korea before expanding to the United Kingdom and 13 other countries.

Yep, that's right. The YouTube Music that has been around for quite some time is being revamped and comes with a new price tag. the application seems to largely be unchanged, as screenshots shared by Google show a three-tabbed interface. In fact, new subscribers in countries where Red is already available can sign-up now to lock in the price ahead of the new service.

Google's parent company is Alphabet inc.

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