We've been waiting more than two years for YouTube Red to come to the UK, and now it looks as though we're finally getting our wish - but this won't be YouTube Red as we know it. Rolling out on 22 May in the US, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico and South Korea, YouTube Music, YouTube Music Premium and YouTube Premium replace the existing service and will soon be available in the UK and Europe as well.
Attractive for its ability to show ad-free content on- or offline, and its catalogue of original content, YouTube Red ruled out the need to find other means to download video and download music from YouTube - albeit in return for a monthly subscription.
What is YouTube Music?
YouTube Music is a free online music service that it is especially appealing for its breadth of content. YouTube is unmatched for its live content, and it's a great place to find new artists, too.
Google says YouTube Music makes "the world of music easier to explore and more personalised than ever". The service includes official songs, albums, thousands of playlists and artist radio, remixes, live performances, covers and music videos you can’t find anywhere else.
YouTube Music is available in mobile app form and as a desktop player, with a personalised home screen that recommends new music based on where you are, what you're doing and your previous habits.
The basic version is free to use but includes ads.
What is YouTube Music Premium?
A Premium version of YouTube Music costs $9.99 per month and adds background-, offline- and ad-free listening.
Those who already subscribe to Google Play Music will also get access to YouTube Music Premium as part of their subscription.
What is YouTube Premium?
YouTube Premium, which will roll out soon, adds access to YouTube Originals to the features available in YouTube Music Premium. This is the service that directly replaces YouTube Red, and it will cost $11.99 per month in the US.
When is YouTube Music coming to the UK?
YouTube Music is rolling out in the US, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico and South Korea on 22 May, and Google says it will expand more broadly in the coming weeks. Austria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK are merely listed as coming soon, though you can register your interest here and be notified as soon as it's available.