Google has confirmed that YouTube’s new music service will be launching on Tuesday May 22nd. They aim to take on the streaming giants of Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora and Tidal.
Users will be able to choose between two options: YouTube Music, available either for free with ads or for $9.99 per month, and YouTube Premium costing $11.99 per month. YouTube Premium will focus on ad-free and exclusive video content. The service launches initially in the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, and South Korea. A further 14 countries will join “in the coming weeks.”
This will be a great opportunity to show what they can do with music, seeing that they have access to a vast catalog of rarities and remixes uploaded by users. It is believed that YouTube Music will eventually replace Google Play Music, which is to be fazed out by the company.