YouTube Music and YouTube Premium have officially launched in 17 countries including the US, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Just like other music streaming services, YouTube Music comes with free and premium tiers, as well as a reimagined mobile app and new desktop interface. Like Spotify, YouTube Music’s interface is driven by algorithms to best serve the app’s music discovery focus. The app will continually feed its users new recommendations based on their listening history, location, and activity. The free version of the app is ad-supported, while an ad-free YouTube Music Premium is $9.99 a month and allows for background listening (for audio tracks only) and downloads.
The service’s premium tier is priced just slightly higher at $11.99 per month, though it also includes background listening for videos and an ad-free experience across all content on YouTube. The app also includes access to YouTube Originals, which the company has the hopes to expand with “bigger original series and movies” across a wide variety of genres in the future.
YouTube is currently offering a limited promotion where users can try out the newly launched service for free for their first three months.
H/T: The Verge