Google has announced that YouTube Red, their $9.99 per month subscription service for YouTube which also comes with access to Google Play Music, is breaking up into two new services: YouTube Music and YouTube Premium. YouTube Music is a music streaming service that will be available for free with ads or for $9.99 per month without ads. YouTube Premium will be $11.99 and includes YouTube Music plus the same perks of YouTube Red.
YouTube Music will have its own new “reimagined mobile app” as well as a desktop player. It’ll essentially be equivalent to Spotify or Amazon Music Unlimited, but will also include music videos. If you pay the $9.99 per month for just YouTube Music, you’ll get ad-free music, background listening, and the ability to download music videos for offline viewing.
While YouTube Music seems like Google’s new flagship streaming music service, Google Play Music is not going away. Subscribers of Google Play Music will keep their current access and also get access to YouTube Music as part of their membership.
YouTube Premium is essentially identical to YouTube Red but will cost $11.99 per month instead of the current $9.99 per month price. YouTube Premium subscribers will receive access to YouTube Music, as well as the current YouTube Red features, which include ad-free YouTube, background playing, downloads, and access to YouTube Originals.
If you are an existing YouTube Red subscriber, or if you sign-up for YouTube Red before YouTube Premium launches, you’ll be grandfathered in at your current $9.99 per month price when YouTube Red becomes YouTube Premium. Google hasn’t said exactly when YouTube Premium will launch, but says it will launch “soon.”
YouTube Premium will be available in existing YouTube Red countries, which include United States, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, and South Korea, but will also be launching in the following new countries: Austria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. YouTube Music will launch on May 22nd to existing YouTube Red subscribers and to others in the coming weeks.