YouTube Music: 5 Things You Need To Know About New Service

YouTube is gradually rolling out access in the United States Mexico Australia New Zealand and South Korea starting today with additional countries on the near horizon

YouTube is gradually rolling out access in the United States Mexico Australia New Zealand and South Korea starting today with additional countries on the near horizon

The newest music streaming app of Google is a direct competitor to Spotify, and it has both a new desktop player as well as a redesigned application, both are designed keeping playing music as a primary objective. In the past, YouTube has tried to address the concerns of music lovers by offering background music playback on Android and iOS devices through YouTube Red subscription (you can try the workaround).

The new YouTube Music service has only just been launched, and it clearly represents Google's push to make a service that will genuinely challenge the incumbency of Spotify and newcomer Apple Music.

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Google has confirmed that its revamped YouTube Music streaming service will eventually support key features of its Google Play Music app, including the ability for users to upload music files that may not exist in the service's streaming catalog. YouTube's parent company Google's past attempts to make users pay for their content have not been what you'd describe as a success. And users will be automatically migrated when the YouTube Music is available in their region. The new service will absorb major features of Play Music.

Simple, right? So far, this isn't exactly a smooth start for Google's new music streaming service, and makes me wonder if this will be one of Mountain View's misses, along the lines of its repeated attempts at a serious messenger service. As I mentioned earlier, YouTube Music, like Google Play Music before it, has a great collection of curated playlists that span genres, decades, moods and activities.

YouTube Music: 5 Things You Need To Know About New Service

For mobile users, the new YouTube Music should feel familiar enough, with three tabs: Home, Hotlist and Library. Still, hopefully this cautious approach will result in a better service once you can use it. There's no way to simply see new albums from the week, something basically every music service offers.

Google Play Music users will eventually find themselves and their user-uploaded libraries shifting over to the YouTube Music app, according to a report from The Verge. In fact, YouTube Music is the fourth attempt.

Google's answer to Spotify is YouTube Music, which offers a new desktop player and reconfigured app that is designed around music playing.

In any case, it looks like Google plans to keep its current service around for the time being, and we'll just have to wait and see whether or not that approach holds up long-term.

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