Google Launches YouTube Music and YouTube Premium
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Google has launched two new services: YouTube Premium and YouTube Music. Except they aren’t really new. YouTube Music is Google Play Music with a new name, and YouTube Premium is YouTube Red with a new name. Confused? Don’t worry, we’re confused as well.

Google has so many fingers in so many pies it sometimes has a hard time keeping track of them all. Just look at the assortment of messaging apps Google manages Google Splits Hangouts Into 'Chat' and 'Meet' Google Splits Hangouts Into 'Chat' and 'Meet' Google is splitting Hangouts into two separate apps, Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet. No one seems to know why, but it's happening nonetheless. Read More . The same is true of Google’s music and video streaming options, which Google is now trying to fix.

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At the time of writing there’s Google Play Music and YouTube Red. The first of which is a premium music streaming service. The latter being a premium version of YouTube. However, that’s all changing. Going forward there will now be two new options:

YouTube Music Premium will offer ad-free music streaming, offline downloads, and the option to listen in the background. This will set you back $9.99/month. There will also be a free, ad-supported version simply called YouTube Music.

YouTube Premium, meanwhile, is basically YouTube Red by another name. For $11.99/month, you’ll get YouTube Music Premium, plus access to YouTube Originals, ad-free video viewing, offline downloads, and the option to watch in the background.

YouTube Music Premium and YouTube Premium will be launching first in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, and South Korea. It will then be rolled out to new markets, with Google promising the ramp up its expansion through 2018 and beyond.

It Will All Become Clear (We Think)

This is all rather confusing. Still, the important thing is that existing YouTube Red subscribers will be switched over to YouTube Premium at their current price, and Google Play Music subscribers will automatically have access to YouTube Music Premium.

If this has piqued your interest then here is some further reading. For those interested in YouTube Premium there’s our guide to YouTube Red Is YouTube Premium Worth the Money? 7 Things You Need to Consider Is YouTube Premium Worth the Money? 7 Things You Need to Consider YouTube Premium is making waves and headlines, but is the paid subscription service actually worth the money? We look at the facts to help you decide. Read More . And for those considering YouTube Music Premium here are the cool things you can do with Google Play Music 7 Cool Things You Can Do With Google Play Music 7 Cool Things You Can Do With Google Play Music In this article, we'll introduce you to some cool things you can do with Google Play Music that both beginners and veterans alike may not be aware of, but should make use of. Read More .

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