YouTube Music & Premium tidbits: Student pricing, Play Music plan, $7.99 grandfathering

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YouTube is making its new music service available on its own for $9.99 per month. The first tier is ad-supported, meaning that subscribers can listen to music for free. The company aim to take on streaming giants Spotify, Tidal, and Apple Music with its YouTube Music platform.

YouTube has officially announced their long-in-the-works YouTube Music service, after announcing expanded music credits yesterday.

YouTube now enjoys a userbase of more than 1.5 billion people, but Google's various attempts to launch premium subscription versions and spin out a music streaming service have seen mixed success. Recent subscribers will keep access at their current price (for now), so even if you don't have it, you could register before Tuesday at the $10 per month rate in countries where Red is accessible. The YouTube Music service will eventually replace Google Play Music. Finally, the guys from the official YouTube blog have confirmed the launch of the service YouTube Music, Google's new music streaming service will be available from next week.

On top of YouTube Music, Google is also launching YouTube premium which means you can enjoy ad-free videos and access YouTube Originals. For those who are already members of YouTube Red, their monthly bill will not be going up.

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YouTube has become more than a video streaming service and the firm knows that.

The platform will benefit from having users' existing YouTube history, meaning it can provide accurate recommendations from the start.

Revenue from music streaming services overtook sales of CDs and digital downloads for the first time a year ago, according to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry. But YouTube was made for video, not just music. This is an ad-free service that also plays in the background and allows downloads of millions of videos.

However, the release of YouTube Music on May 22 will be initially limited to the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico and South Korea.

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