The audio-visual platform is actually relaunch of the YouTube Music brand, as an app and desktop player which offer “streaming service made for music with the magic of YouTube”.
There is both an ad-supported free tier and a $9.99-per-month package called YouTube Music Premium.
Current Google Play Music subscribers will get a YouTube Music Premium membership thrown into their current deal, and have been reassured that “nothing will change”.
“[If] you use Google Play Music, — you’ll still be able to access all of your purchased music, uploads and playlists in Google Play Music just like always,” said Elias Roman, Product Manager – YouTube Music, in a blog post.
In addition, YouTube has announced that will soon re-brand its premium subscription YouTube Red service as YouTube Premium, which will include access to all YouTube Originals as well as YouTube Music for $11.99 a month. (The price paid by current YouTube Red subscribers won’t change.)
YouTube Music will launch in the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, Mexico and South Korea next week (although, in South Korea, the service will only offer the YouTube Premium membership, not YouTube Music Premium).