Google Play Music and YouTube Red to be merged into a new streaming service


Google has just confirmed that two of its most popular streaming services will be merged to provide a single, more advanced experience. While this isn't the first time that we hear about a possible merger between Google Play Music and YouTube Red, it's the first time that an official confirmed the information.

Googler Lyor Cohen said during a panel session at the New Music Seminar conference in New York that his company has to merge these two services in order to educate customers and increase the number of subscribers.

According to Cohen, Google considers combining YouTube Red and Google Play Music services of utmost importance, and provide consumers with one offering. For the time being, Google is in the process of evaluating how these two services can be combined to provide customers with a better experience than ever before.


It remains to be seen when the merger will happen, but one thing is clear: it will not affect customers who use either of the two services.

source: The Verge

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14 Comments

1. nikhil23

Posts: 472; Member since: Dec 07, 2016

Don't understand wjat they meant by merger. I enjoy both anyway

6. Skizzo

Posts: 403; Member since: Jul 14, 2013

Perhaps the merger would make it available globally, as Youtube RED is currently only available in the US.

8. vincelongman

Posts: 5728; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

YouTube Red is also available in Australia, Korea, Mexico and New Zealand But yea they do need to work more on bringing it to more places I think the merger means they will merge the Google Play Music app with the YouTube Music app

2. gigicoaste

Posts: 457; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

First they should make available around the world Youtube Red and after consider merging services.

7. Skizzo

Posts: 403; Member since: Jul 14, 2013

I wish that was the case for everyone, but sadly, I live in Canada, and while I subscribe to Google Play Music, and the family plan, Youtube Red isn't available outside of the US. Hopefully this merger will make that happen.

10. vincelongman

Posts: 5728; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

YouTube Red is also available in Australia, Korea, Mexico and New Zealand

9. vincelongman

Posts: 5728; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Those are very different issues The first is legal and licensing (lawyers) The second is UI and UX design (designers, developers, ...) There's no reason they can't do both

3. Zylam

Posts: 1817; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

I don't understand, I thought they were already together. My brother family shares Google Play Music with me and we both get Youtube red because of it.

4. Nunazty

Posts: 30; Member since: Jul 16, 2012

I thought they were already merged. I pay for play music and get YouTube red for free

11. vincelongman

Posts: 5728; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I think the merger means they will merge the Google Play Music app with the YouTube Music app

14. Nunazty

Posts: 30; Member since: Jul 16, 2012

Thanks for the clarification

5. aegislash

Posts: 1518; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

So they'll merge these two, but they won't merge their slew of messaging apps into one solid app that offers a bit of everything? Okay then...

12. andynaija

Posts: 1262; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

Lol true

13. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

YouTube Red should become available globally, before talking of a merger with Play Music.

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