YouTube is the world’s biggest online video streaming website but it’s also used for listening to music, perhaps more so than any proper music streaming service like Spotify or Apple Music. Google obviously knows that and it’s looking to cash in on the hundreds of millions of users who head to YouTube for listening to music. The standalone YouTube Music app has now been released for both Android and iOS.
YouTube Music provides a completely new type of experience that has been designed to make discovering music on YouTube easier than ever before.
Launching the app will take you to the home tab which will show recommended tracks based on your preferences, you can also create personalized stations as per your liking. It also provides you with access to the largest music catalogs out there, enabling you to quickly find music videos, artists, tracks, albums and more like concert footage, remixes, covers and more that you already watch via YouTube.
All of these features are available for free but you can “amplify” the experience with a YouTube Red membership, the subscription plan that provides an ad-free YouTube experience as well as exclusive content that the company is creating with its biggest stars. YouTube Red expands the same ad-free experience to YouTube Music and allows you to listen to music offline, easily switch between video or audio only modes, you will even be able to hear the video play when you’re in another app or have the screen turned off.
YouTube Music is now available for download via the Google Play Store and the App Store, all users get the amplified experience free for 14 days, and if they decide they don’t want to pay, they can continue using the ad-supported version of YouTube Music.