Subscriber Account active since. But what if you already have a music streaming service, and you just want the video-based benefits of YouTube Premium, like ad-free video and video downloads? To get those benefits, you have to sign up for the YouTube Premium service, where you're also paying for YouTube's new Music service. That's a bad deal if you already subscribe to a music streaming service like Spotify or Apple Music and you're happy with it. Those benefits are surely subsidized by being bundled with YouTube's Music service. It's hard to estimate what a video-only option would cost on its own.
The good stuff
1. YouTube is so much better without the ads
The service provides ad-free access to content across the service, as well as access to premium YouTube Originals programming produced in collaboration with the site's creators, downloading videos and background playback of videos on mobile devices, and access to the YouTube Music music streaming service. The service was originally launched in November as Music Key , offering only advertisement-free streaming of music videos from participating labels on YouTube and Google Play Music. YouTube announced the rebranding of the service as YouTube Premium on May 17, , alongside the return of a separate, YouTube Music subscription service. The service was first unveiled in November as Music Key, serving as a collaboration between YouTube and Google Play Music , and meant to succeed the former's own subscription service. Music Key offered ad-free playback of music videos from participating labels hosted on YouTube, as well as background and offline playback of music videos on mobile devices from within the YouTube app. The service also included access to Google Play Music All Access, which provides ad-free audio streaming of a library of music. During its invite-only beta, Music Key faced mixed reception due to the limited scope of the offering; YouTube's chief business officer Robert Kyncl explained that his daughter was confused over why videos of songs from Frozen were not "music" in the scope of the service, and thus not advertisement-free. This shift required YouTube to seek permission from its content creators and rights holders to allow their content to be part of the ad-free service; under the new contract terms, partners would receive a share of the total revenue from YouTube Red subscriptions, as determined by how much their content is viewed by subscribers. YouTube also sought to compete against sites such as Netflix , Prime Video and Hulu by offering original content YouTube Originals as part of the subscription service, leveraging prominent YouTube personalities in combination with professional producers.
YouTube was once a simple service. You simply uploaded your videos to the platform or watched videos other people uploaded. However, it has since diversified its portfolio, so to speak. Here is everything in YouTube and what it does. YouTube is the platform and YouTube Premium is the service. YouTube Music and Music Premium are separate products for only music content. You can read about those with the link below. Read next: Check out every YouTube offshoot here! For example, with a Music Premium subscription, you can open YouTube Music and listen to music ad-free and in the background with offline downloads.
With the paid version, subscribers do not receive ads, can play songs in the background and can download songs and music videos for offline listening. The streaming service is now available in 78 countries, bringing it almost on a par with market leader Spotify, which is in 79 markets. However, YouTube Music had reportedly over 15 million paid subscribers in May , a far cry from Spotify, which reported million paid users last month. As of June this year, Apple Music, which does not have a free tier, was said to have over 60 million subscribers. The music streaming platform is available as a mobile app for iOS and Android and as a Web app for computers. It can be streamed to Google Assistant-compatible smart speakers, as well as Sonos speakers. The latter option is available only for paid users.