What is YouTube Music? All you need to know about the new music streaming service

YouTube's new subscription service has Spotify in its sights…

Google has a new music service. YouTube Music is a streaming service that offers songs, albums, playlists, artist radio stations and much, much more.

Interested? Lend us your ears, as we tell you all you need to know.

What is YouTube Music?

It’s a new music streaming service from YouTube. The Google-owned service exists alongside Google Play Music, but it’s a very similar proposition.

What does it include?

Lots. Official songs, albums, playlists, artist radio stations, remixes, live performances, covers and music videos that you won’t find anywhere else, for instance.

What else is on offer?

There’s a new mobile app and desktop player that have been designed purely with music in mind. This being Google, the search function is pretty cool, too – sing the lyrics, or describe the song (e.g. “that hipster song with the whistling”), and chances are it’ll find what you’re after.

There’s some neat location-based skills as well. The personalised home screen will dynamically adapt to give recommendations based on your listening history, where you are and what you’re doing. So if you’re at the gym, it’ll give some workout music, while at the airport it’ll soothe you with relaxing tunes before your flight.

Which musicians does it have?

It’s a broad church, from Michael Jackson and Peter Gabriel to newer acts like Drake and Camila Cabello.

When will it launch in the UK?

Towards the end of the year.

How much will it cost?

In the US, it’s $9.99 a month, so expect to pay a tenner in real money. There’s also a free version, though you’ll have to put up with adverts.

What about Google Play Music?

That will still exist, at least for the time being. Google has a habit of having very similar services – think Google Maps and Waze – exist side-by-side, so it could well keep both going indefinitely.

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