YouTube Music set to launch on May 22

YouTube has drawn billions of users by becoming the destination for listening to music without paying for

123RF You Tube has drawn billions of users by becoming the destination for listening to music without paying for

Now, instead of access to YouTube Red, Google Play Music subscribers will get YouTube Music Premium: A music service that's strikingly similar to Google Play Music.

The standalone music service, which will be two dollars more expensive than its current plan, includes "a reimagined mobile app and brand new desktop player" along with "thousands of playlists, the official versions of millions of songs, albums, artist radio and more".

Digging a little deeper, though, and while it maybe the case that YouTube is a one-size-fits-all music service, Google isn't quite ready to get rid of Google Music Play just yet.

YouTube is owned by Google and the streaming service uses existing or new Google accounts for signup and access.

According to YouTube's announcement, "Since launching YouTube Red in 2015, we've been thrilled with how people are enjoying the service, whether it's downloading videos for a flight, binging the first season of Cobra Kai, or listening to the wide breadth of ad-free music".

Google Play Music subscribers will automatically move to YouTube Music, without losing their playlists, purchases and uploads.

After going through names like YouTube Music Key, Google Play Music, and YouTube Red, it seems that Google is now settling on "YouTube Premium" as the name for its paid YouTube service, with a music-only option for folks that only care about tunes.

YouTube Music offers both videos and audio formats ranging from official songs, remixes, live concert and more. So basically it's YouTube Music Premium + ad-free videos (and a few other perks) for an extra couple of bucks each month.

Google Play Music - $9.99 for "all access" or $14.99 for "all access" for up to six family members.

YouTube Music, which will offer both ad-supported and $9.99 US-per-month versions, will compete directly with services from Spotify Technology SA, Pandora Media Inc, Apple Inc and Amazon.com Inc.

More new Originals from around the globe are on the way-featuring comedies, dramas, reality series and action adventure shows from the U.K., Germany, France, Mexico, and more.

You can sign up here to be notified when the service arrives in your country. Google is utilising natural language processing (NLP) within the app's search function to help you find music based upon a vague description. For example at the gym, YouTube Music will suggest some beats to set the right mood for the workout, while at the airport, it would recommend something relaxing.

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