YouTube Music is a music streaming service developed by YouTube , a subsidiary of Google ; it provides a tailored interface for the service oriented towards music streaming , allowing users to browse through songs and music videos on YouTube based on genres, playlists, and recommendations.
The service also offers a premium tier, which enables ad-free playback, audio-only background playback, and downloading songs for offline playback. The service will eventually supplant Google Play Music as Google's main brand for music streaming and purchase.
The YouTube Music app was unveiled in October and released the following month; its release came alongside the unveiling of YouTube Red , a larger subscription service that covers the entirety of the YouTube platform, including the Music app. Although redundant to Google 's existing Google Play Music All Access subscription service, the app is designed for users who primarily consume music through YouTube.
On May 17, , YouTube announced a new version of the YouTube Music service, including a web-based desktop player and redesigned mobile app, more dynamic recommendations based on various factors, and use of Google artificial intelligence technology to search songs based on lyrics and descriptions. YouTube Music became available on Google Assistant smart speakers including Google Home on April 18, , with feature-limited ad-supported playback available for non-subscribers.
The availability of music includes many of the releases from mainstream artists and extends to any video categorized as music on the YouTube service.
YouTube Music will initially operate in parallel with Google Play Music, but product manager Elias Roman stated that Google Play Music users will eventually be migrated to the app after it reaches feature parity with Google Play Music including the addition of features such as music purchases and a cloud-based library for user-provided music. YouTube Music product manager T. Jay Fowler stated that collections, playlists and preferences would be migrated.
On May 25, , YouTube Music lets users pre-save albums before they are released. For paying subscribers, playback is limited to a single device at a time. The free tier usually plays songs in its versions of music video where applicable. The premium tier plays official tracks of the album , unless the user searches for the music video version. YouTube Music Premium subscribers are able to switch to an audio-only mode that can play in the background while the application is not in use.
The free tier does not allow audio-only mode with background playback as it displays video advertisements. The Premium and YouTube Premium plans are available in individual and family variants. A family plan allows up to six family members from the same household to access plan features. Eligible students can obtain a discount on an individual plan. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Music streaming service by YouTube. Screenshot of YouTube Music on the web. The Verge. Retrieved June 18, Android Police.
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