Ad-free YouTube Premium launched in SA

File You Tube launched a new music streaming service

File You Tube launched a new music streaming service

You'll also be able to access anything you've purchased or uploaded to Google Play Music and your existing playlists will carry over. The "made-for-music" app and web player offers official songs, albums, thousands of playlists and artist radio from Indian and worldwide artists, as well as access to YouTube's tremendous catalog of remixes, live performances, covers and music videos that aren't available anywhere else.

The free version of YouTube Music offers ad-supported music streaming on desktop and mobile via an app. Think of it as a YouTube app, but with a focus only on music and music videos.

Not sure about you, but I watch a LOT of YouTube videos, which in its current state, means I also watch a lot of ads. For that price, you get access to both YouTube Premium and YouTube Music Premium features.

The music streaming version of the YouTube app was launched in 2015 but for a long time, India was not on the list of the coveted countries that had access to it.

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Access to music videos, official songs, albums, singles, remixes, live performances, covers and hard-to-find music that one can find only on YouTube. Whether you want to search a song by its lyrics or simply look for "that rap song with the flute", YouTube has got you covered.

Mich Atagana, head of communications and public affairs at Google SA, promised that the new music streaming service will be very user centric. Argentina, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Uruguay, Panama, Paraguay, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Bolivia all now have YouTube Music and YouTube Premium available, taking YouTube Music's footprint to 43 countries. Like YouTube Premium, it has a three-month free trial. With the Indian music industry keen to follow China's example in breaking into the top 10 recorded-music markets globally, signing up more paying music subscribers is a key goal.

Youtube Originals will offer exclusive TV series and movies on their platform, just like Netflix and Amazon Prime. To avail the offer, users need to pay Rs. 129 a month. This paid membership offers an ad-free experience and offline downloads.

If you've used YouTube Red previously or at least seen how it functions, well that's exactly what YouTube Music Premium is. YouTube Premium subscription is bundled with normal YouTube, YouTube Music and YouTube Originals, while YouTube Music subscription is standalone music. India's love for music comes as no surprise for the company, which has seen T-Series, a music label and movie production house from the country, nearly overtake PewDiePie, the biggest YouTuber in terms of subscribers.

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