YouTube revamps its Red subscription service to offer standalone music streaming

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It costs $11.99 for new customers and includes YouTube Music Premium.

But now YouTube has made a decision to split the service up into YouTube Music and YouTube Premium.

Sadly like YouTube Music, YouTube Premium will not be available in South Africa. The Google-owned company is now gearing up to launch the new YouTube Music service and YouTube Premium. Further down the line, it will expand to Austria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

So how does it work? With the new standalone music service in place, the YouTube Red will be rebranded to YouTube Premium. It's also worth noting that the YouTube Music will only remove ads from music videos and not the YouTube Originals. YouTube Music has a comprehensive search function too, that you can use to find songs even if you don't know the name or artist.

According to the information of the source, YouTube's refurbished music service to be retitled as YouTube Premium.

Unfortunately, there is no specific mention of whether Google Play Music will go away, or be absorbed by YouTube Music Premium.

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"They're incorporating all your viewing on YouTube to build your favourites", noted Lefsetz - those gasps of horror you can hear are parents everywhere thinking about all those nursery-rhymes their kids binged in the past while logged in to the parental account.

The new YouTube Music follows a similar model to Spotify, with a free, ad-based version or a Premium subscription for Dollars 9.99 per month. Subscribers will get YouTube Music added for free, but it's not clear what will eventually happen to the older service - it does offer some features that YouTube Music doesn't, like the option to upload digital tracks to the web and stream them to any device. The move is aimed to take on Spotify and Apple Music - two of the most sought-after music streaming services.

YouTube Music will come with extra features like personalised playlists based on individual's YouTube history and other usage patterns.

To get that functionality on all YouTube videos - like with YouTube Red before - new users need to step up to "YouTube Premium" for $2 more. If you're already a YouTube Red (soon to be YouTube Premium) member, don't worry you'll still enjoy your current price.

And not only that, as Google's streaming music platform will be able to recommend playlists based on our location.

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