YouTube launches music streaming app
Just a few weeks after unveiling YouTube Red, its ad-free subscription service, YouTube has officially launched its previously announced music streaming app, complete with personal recommendations and access to YouTube’s entire catalog of music and video.
YouTube Music’s streaming capabilities make it similar to apps like Spotify and Apple Music, but in addition to features like personalized stations and recommendations, it also includes YouTube’s entire catalog of concert footage, remixes, alternate versions, lyric videos, and more.
In an announcement about the app’s launch, YouTube said that with Google, it’s paid out more than $3 billion to the music industry and helped promote artists, drive ticket sales, and increase downloads, citing the success of Adele’s “Hello,” which became YouTube’s fastest rising video of 2015 and also broke a record for song downloads.
While the app is free to download and use, a paid YouTube Red membership (which also comes with a Google Play subscription, and vice versa) unlocks ad-free streaming, as well as offline and background play and the ability to switch between audio and video. These features are also available for a free trial for 14 days.
YouTube Music is available to download now. Watch YouTube’s announcement video below.