YouTube Music Starts Rolling Out Today

Posted on May 24, 2018 by Paul Thurrott in Android, iOS, Music + Videos with 10 Comments

Google announced that YouTube Music will start rolling out today in the U.S., Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, and South Korea.

The ad-supported service, which is expected to eventually replace Google Play Music, expands on that existing service by adding music videos, remixes, live performances, cover, and other hard-to-find music. But there is obviously some confusion around the service, which includes a YouTube Music Premium offering for $9.99 per month that adds background listening, downloads, and an ad-free experience. And a YouTube Premium service for $11.99 per month that replaces YouTube Red and includes ad-free, background and offline functionality across all of YouTube (videos and music, plus original series).

Despite this, I’m eager to try YouTube Music: One of the things I’ve wanted for a long time was to add music videos to my Google Play Music playlists. And since these things should be all interchangeable, I’m curious to see how that works.

If you want to be notified when YouTube Music is available to you, you can visit the YouTube Music website and sign-up for the announcement mailing.

 

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10 responses to “YouTube Music Starts Rolling Out Today”

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    evox81

    Actually just started using YouTube Music today. Already had a YouTube Red subscription and was looking for a good music app, that learns from your listening habits, and supports Android Auto. It fits that bill well. The customized playlist based on my YouTube habits was surprisingly accurate to my tastes. But, the number of regular (non-music) videos it threw in was unfortunate.

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      bmatusz

      In reply to evox81:


      I tried using YouTube Music earlier this year. I uploaded my entire library to Google and what I got back was a muted, downgraded encoding of my originals. I tried several songs by various artists side by side (Pink Floyd, U2, Dream Theater) on my phone over home WiFi and my laptop on a wired network and the quality was noticeably less.


      I was unable to find a setting to change this. Curious if anyone else noticed this or knew how to address. I just sucked it up and used iTunes.

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    dcdevito

    One thing I haven't heard anyone yet say is the extras this service will have (well, they already have it currently but no one really knows it in YouTube Music)...live music and, let's call it what it is, bootlegs.

    There are/will be so many "unofficial" versions, live recordings, concerts, etc available it's fantastic for any hardcore fan of a band.

    I'm a die hard Radiohead fan, and I love sifting through various social media sites to find various live concerts or rare recordings of their songs, which are all of course available on YouTube and YouTube Music.

    Add to that the "Googleness" stuff like contextual search and ML and I think this will be a hit.

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    Jorge Garcia

    Basically a realization/acceptance that young people (those without paid Spotify) go straight to YouTube whenever they want to hear any song? I'm probably still going to keep my various Play Music apps around for as long as they work, though.

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    Bats

    This is not meant to sell for Youtube, but I do feel like I have to share this experience.


    Lately, I just bing watched Cobra Kai on Youtube Premium (or Youtube Red). LOL...I loved it. Great series and I can't wait for Season 2. 


    With that said, THAT'S why I opted for Google Play Music as opposed to taking the popular route and go with Spotify. If the offering is pretty much the same on both platforms, why not go to the one that offers more....a lot more? More as in Youtube Original Content and Ad-free Youtube. The way I see it (and it's mostly right), Every song that has ever been released that i like or love, is on Google Play Music. Why people elect for Spotify is something I don't understand. Is the overall quality just better? Does Spotify offer more music than GPM? More classical music, more church music, more folk music? What exactly does Spotify offer that GPM doesn't?


    It's my understanding that my experiences with Google Play Music will not change with the new and revamped Youtube Music at all. Everything now is going to be under the Youtube umbrella. If that's the case, again....why would anyone opt to use the product with the lesser offering?

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      Steven Lendowski

      In reply to Bats:

      For me and many others, especially the more demanding users, its the LOSSLESS audio quality that Spotify now offers, and Google doesnt.

      For me, its as simple as that. I play my FLAC 16/24 bit audio locally on my PC or my LG V20 with Hifi-DAC build in, or stream FLACs to Android via OneDrive.

      And i use Spotify via Family Plan additionally.


      I also "used" Deezer with Deezloadr/SMLoadr.. But i guess that doesnt count. ;) (For those interested: SMLoadr still works, check Gitlab repo).


      Another thing for many ppl is the great integration of Spotify in third party apps and devices and their great playlists.


      How that plays out, i dont know. Tidal has the new MQA format, and with Youtube/Google entering the game seriously, i hope for some serious competition. Interesting future developments in this market..

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    rmlounsbury

    I'm looking forward to getting the new YT Music app and into this service. I've always used the native music subscription service for the platform I'm using since it tends to give me the broadest range of functionality. If I'm using an iOS device I'll use Apple Music, on Android I use Google Music. I've never been a fan of how Spotify functions and have tried it a few times but ultimately stop after a short period of time.


    I do still use Pandora on occasion for a radio like music discovery service. It has always done a great job surfacing music from artists I haven't heard of on the various channels I've setup. I'll have to give YT Music a shot at this function when I get it.


    Of course, the problem now is "when I get it" and who knows how long that will take. Hopefully my experience isn't like that of Paul and getting access to the new Outlook interface!

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    mrdrwest

    They've got Cabaret Voltaire!


    Listen to "The Covenant, The Sword, and The Arms of The Lord" and "Microphonies"


    Produced in an era where one was free to sample anyone else's content and use it as is.

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    Bill Strong

    Is it just me, or is the phone UI a copy of Windows Phone?

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