This morning we awoke to the news that YouTube Red had finally been opened up to Australians. Myself, I didn’t jump straight into YouTube to check it out, I clicked immediately into the YouTube Music app which I have had installed since October last year when it released to select countries (not Australia). While no one else in the Ausdroid writers group was able to see YouTube Music I was- possibly because I signed up to YouTube Red back when I used a VPN and a US account. YouTube Music had been geoblocked, until now.
With confirmation from Google Australia not long after it seems that it wasn’t an accident that YouTube Music was working. In conjunction with YouTube Red Google have released YouTube Music to Australians. After installing the YouTube Music app all YouTube Red and Google Play Music All Access subscribers will gain “the ability to listen to music seamlessly without ads, play videos offline, and easily switch between video or audio-only.” There will also be the ability to have the video and music continue playing in the background while you are in another app or with the display off.
By signing up to YouTube Red you automatically get subscription to YouTube Music and Google Play Music All Access. As stated earlier this morning there is a new introductory offer (for new users only) of $9.99 per month until June 6. After June 6 this price rises to $11.99. Google made no mention of Family Plan prices but I can tell you that it does work with a family plan as that is what I am on. At this stage it isn’t activated for all devices. It works fine on my Nexus 7, 6 and 6P but not my Nexus 9.
Head on over to the Play Store and download the YouTube Music app and let us know in the comments your thoughts on it.