YouTube to launch new music streaming service on May 22

YouTube to launch new music streaming service on May 22

Then you have YouTube Music, which is more oriented towards music videos, and requires a YouTube Red subscription.

Rumors have circulated that Google Play Music - Google's original music offering and the mechanism for their 50,000 song music locker and music purchases - will be killed off by the end of this year in favor of the new service.

In an official blog post the online media giant said that on May 22 the company will begin introducing its new YouTube Music streaming service. There will be other "bells and whistles", but there's no word on what those might be just yet.

The launch, which is not a complete launch, with that expected to happen next Tuesday - Wednesday our time - will see YouTube Red disappear and be replaces with YouTube Music Premium available for $9.99USD per month which includes services such as ad-free music, listen in the background and downloadable content, or YouTube Premium for $11.99USD per month which includes all that plus the new YouTube Originals series like Cobra Kai and the upcoming Impulse series.

But that's not all.

"To extend the features of YouTube Music Premium beyond the music app, we're soon introducing YouTube Premium, the new name for our YouTube Red subscription service", explained YouTube.

There's also an existing YouTube Music app, but that's now being enhanced with the arrival of the subscription plan.

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"YouTube Music is a new music streaming service made for music: official songs, albums, thousands of playlists and artist radio plus YouTube's tremendous catalog of remixes, live performances, covers and music videos that you can't find anywhere else - all simply organized and personalized". It's basically all of the music you find on YouTube, with videos and everything, better put together than the current YouTube Music.

A reimagined mobile app and brand new desktop player that are designed for music.

Roman added: "YouTube Music's personalized home screen dynamically adapts to provide recommendations based on people's listening history, where they are and what they're doing". Entering the gym? We'll suggest some beats to get the heart-rate going. It will also allow users to download music for offline listening, with setting options so that it doesn't use up more memory than the user wants it to.

The company said the first stops will be U.S., Australia, New Zealand, Mexico and South Korea.

Google says Premium is coming soon to Austria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.

You may be thinking, "wait a minute, there's already a YouTube Music!".

To sign-up to be notified of the launch, hit up this link.