YouTube Music soon to join the flood of streaming services
YouTube Music is upon ‘us.’
The video conglomerate YouTube is joining the flood of streaming services with their own launch, happening on Tuesday, May 22.
The question is whether they can offer users something special, in order to compete with mega-streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music?
The service will, like others, make use of an ad-supported free tier as well as a premium tier, available for $9.99 per month.
In their official statement found on their blog, YouTube notes that its service is the place to be regarding:
“Official songs, albums, thousands of playlists and artist radio plus YouTube’s tremendous catalogue of remixes, live performances, covers and music videos that you can’t find anywhere else – all simply organized and personalized.”
Initially, the service will be available in the US, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico and South Korea before rolling out to other countries. (SA will probably be last, as usual.)
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The service even works if you don’t know the artist or song name; You can describe it, for example “that hipster song with the whistling” or you can give them lyrics, “I make money moves,” etc.
One thing I’ve always loved about standard YouTube is their ‘up next’ selection, which always gets it spot on. I rarely have to look for music as all the mixes follow on stress-free.
The mixes found on YouTube are pure uninterrupted gold, and if that had to be a feature, I would honestly be keen to get the app.
There is one thing- streaming services still use data- so you might as well just YouTube like you usually do? Paying $9.99 is quite a hefty price, especially in South Africa, where we already pay hefty prices for data.
I guess one could always opt for the ad-supported free tier of YouTube Music and see if it’s worth that R125.49/month.