YouTube has launched two new streaming services – YouTube Music and YouTube Premium – in the UK and 12 other new countries.
YouTube Music will enable users to listen to tracks as well as watch music videos and discover new artists through a new standalone app. A Music Premium subscription will cost £9.99 a month – the same as both Spotify and Apple Music – and allows users to listen to music ad-free as well as continue to listen even when the app is closed, and download tracks to their device. A free version of the service supported by ads is also available.
YouTube Premium (formerly YouTube Red) provides members with the benefits of Music Premium, plus ad-free, background, and downloads across all of YouTube. YouTube Premium members also get access to the full slate of YouTube Originals shows and movies including the hit series Cobra Kai (the hit show based on the Karate Kid movie franchise), Impulse, F2 Finding Football and The Sidemen Show. A YouTube Premium subscription costs £11.99.
YouTube Music was already available in the US, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico and South Korea. The 12 new countries including Austria, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Russia, Spain, Sweden, as well as the UK.