YouTube has revealed that it will be launching a new music streaming service soon next week, branded simply as ‘YouTube Music’.
In a blog post, the Google-owned company said: “… more than 1 billion music fans come to YouTube each month to be part of music culture and discover new music. It’s also where over 2 million artists come to share their voices and art with the world. YouTube is where artists and fans connect: creating and discovering a world of music. But YouTube was made for video, not just music. On May 22, we’ll be changing that by introducing YouTube Music, a new music streaming service made for music with the magic of YouTube: making the world of music easier to explore and more personalised than ever. The days of jumping back and forth between multiple music apps and YouTube are over. Whether you want to listen, watch or discover, it’s all here. YouTube Music is a new music streaming service made for music: official songs, albums, thousands of playlists and artist radio plus YouTube’s tremendous catalogue of remixes, live performances, covers and music videos that you can’t find anywhere else – all simply organised and personalised. For the first time, all the ways music moves you can be found in one place.
The service will initially be available in the US, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico and South Korea, and will expand in the coming weeks into Austria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK.
The service will be available for free through an ad-supported model, and also on a subscription basis (i.e.$9.99 a month in the US) with all ads removed.