As we told you last week, YouTube Music is being rolled out starting today
. This is taking place in the U.S., Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and South Korea. YouTube Music will replace the YT Music app and offer ad-supported music (official releases), albums, playlists, artist-based radio and YouTube's library of videos. You can sign up to YouTube Music Premium to get rid of the ads, play music in the background and download music. This will cost $9.99 a month and it replaces Google Play Music. Subscribers to the latter service will keep all of their content and won't see an increase to their current monthly rate.
YouTube Music and YouTube Music Premium will offer recommendations that are location based. Whether you're in the gym pumping iron or in the airport waiting for your flight, you'll find suggestions that are perfect for your surroundings. The app will also include thousands of playlists, and the new smart search can find the song you're looking for even with a vague clue. Search for "That rap song with flute," or "That hipster song with the whistling" and you'll find out the name of the tune. You can also use smart search with lyrics (even if they're wrong) and the correct song title will come up. For more on YouTube Music, click on the video at the top of this story.
Also today, YouTube Red is being replaced with YouTube Premium. This service allows videos to play in the background, offers original programming, and lets subscribers download content. Priced at $11.99 monthly, a subscription includes YouTube Music Premium. YouTube Red subscribers will continue to pay $10 each month for the new service.