Fresh from the launch of its premium ‘Red’ subscription offering, YouTube has officially released YouTube Music, a music streaming service designed to compete with the likes of Apple Music and Spotify.
The new Music app is available as of today for both iOS and Android devices, in an effort to expand the service to as many platforms as possible. However, the service isn’t yet available in South Africa.
YouTube Music, which includes both songs and music videos, now forms a part of YouTube Red. The service will offer an ad-based free tier, and a paid-ad free service that is tied to a user’s YouTube Red account.
YouTube Red costs $9.99 per month on its own, and $12.99 in the iOS app due to Apple’s 30% cut. Users are able to sign up for a free 14 day trial when downloading the app.
YouTube Red subscribers will be able to stream music on demand, create playlists, and listen uninterruptedly without ads. Users will further be able to save and listen to music offline.
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