YouTube music subscription service to be launched on May 22nd
The new YouTube music subscription service – formerly codenamed "Remix" – has been confirmed and will launch in five markets on May 22. YouTube Music will be available 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). YouTube Music will also “soon” be reach Austria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, according to an official statement.
YouTube Music will basically be an app and desktop player offering “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.
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.)