YouTube Music app is finally here: background playback, smart search, and more

Lewis Collier
March 15, 2019

It is a music streaming service that is aimed to offer official songs, albums, thousands of playlists and artist radio plus remixes, live performances, covers and music videos and so much more.

Available for Rs 129 a month (and includes membership to YouTube Music Premium), it offers an ad-free experience with background play and offline downloads for millions of videos on YouTube, as well as access to YouTube Originals, like Cobra Kai and BTS: Burn The Stage. The company also overhauled YouTube Red (the original paywalled service) into YouTube Premium.

Users can search for descriptions, lyrics and even emojis to find the tracks they want to listen to. People in India will also be able to pay 129 rupees a month for the wider YouTube Premium tier, including a music subscription.

Youtube Music was globally launched in June previous year, and right now, music lovers from 32 countries can access Youtube Music.

How does the price compare? Plus, your Offline Mixtape automatically downloads songs you love just in case you forgot to. 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. It is a paid subscription service that allows users to play a YouTube Music video in the background and multi-task and toggle between apps simultaneously.

Earlier called You Tube Red the premium service offers ad-free playback and access to YouTube’s cache or original shows and movies
Earlier called You Tube Red the premium service offers ad-free playback and access to YouTube’s cache or original shows and movies

In addition to India, YouTube Music and YouTube Premium have also launched over the last 24 hours in South Africa, Argentina, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Uruguay, Panama, Paraguay, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Bolivia. This also gives the service a big differentiator, that users can also watch the video of each if needed.

Even Amazon Prime Music is also adding more and more regional content into its app to attract the South Indian populace.

Unlike other premium music streaming services, you can not specify the bitrate at which you want to consume your music in but YouTube does vary the quality of the audio by letting you choose the resolution in which the video was uploaded. The premium music service costs ZAR 60 per month.

YouTube Music is available for free in supported countries but you do get interrupted by ads.

For the unaware, YouTube Music is the company's answer to Spotify as well as a successor of the Google Play Music service. If you don't mind with the advertisements while playing music, then the YouTube Music service will cost nothing. "From recommended music videos, live performances, covers, to new videos - it's all here, and only here".

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