Google recently launched YouTube Music and YouTube Premium. One of them is a streaming music service that provides the features you expect from Google Play Music. The other is a music streaming service with the added bonus of an ad-free YouTube experience.
But here's the deal: Google has too many names for too many services, making all this very confusing. We do our best to break it for you.
Imagine YouTube music as competing with Spotify or Apple Music. Users can register in the app, stream music, or watch music videos on YouTube. There are two different two different plans. A free, promotional plan and a $ 9.99 (AU $ 11.99, £ 9.99) plan for those who want background playback and the ability to download music without ads.
There is an app for iOS and Android users as well as a dedicated website for desktop listening.
YouTube Red is now YouTube Premium
Do you remember YouTube Red? It is not anymore. The ad-free YouTube service is now called YouTube Premium.
What is YouTube Premium?
YouTube Premium includes everything included in a YouTube Music subscription – ad-free streaming, downloadable content, background playback, etc. – – and an ad-free YouTube experience and access to original YouTube content. You can also download YouTube videos for offline viewing.
YouTube Premium costs slightly more than YouTube Music and costs $ 11.99 (AUD $ 14.99, £ 11.99) per month.
What about Google Play Music?  It is included! When you sign up for YouTube Music or YouTube Premium, you'll also have access to Google Play Music features. Unfortunately, your music library and playlists remain disconnected in the two services. Hopefully, Google is working to bring the two together, and we can continue with a solution.