Google’s latest foray into online music is YouTube Music, a new offering designed to let you stream music videos like a never-ending session of RAGE! The service, like their recent add-free YouTube service Red is US only at this stage, so while Google works out all the rights issues, we’ll have to wait a little while longer before we see it launch here.
YouTube Music offers a 14-day ad-free trial to start you off, and Google is pairing it with YouTube Red in the US, so you can in theory pay the one fee to get access to ad-free YouTube as well as YouTube Music and Google Play Music All Access – a very good deal. Google has access to a massive library of artists on YouTube and there’s new artists uploading their songs to YouTube all the time, and it’s the discovery aspect that Google is focusing on.
Google has also released a new YouTube Music app on Google Play which has a range of features:
• Any video, album, or artist starts a non-stop station
• Personalized stations learn your tastes
• A home tab with recommended tracks just for you
• A trending tab to stay up on the newest releases
• New songs and artists in ‘On the rise’
• The latest hits in ‘The Daily 40’
We’ve played around and it looks like if you do want to get a taste of YouTube Music you’ll have to jump through some hoops and those hoops involve changing your Google Account to a US-based account and you’ll need the services of a VPN as well.
There’s no time-frame for bringing YouTube Music or YouTube Red to Australia, but we do hope it will come soon.