Published: Fri, March 15, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

YouTube Music is a lot like Spotify but cheaper

YouTube Music is a lot like Spotify but cheaper

For INR 129 a month, you can get YouTube Premium (not YouTube Music Premium), which along with everything from the YouTube Music Premium package, also offers an entirely ad-free YouTube experience, ability to download or play videos in the background and even access to YouTube Originals.

Like in the western markets, Google's YouTube Music will offer the customers to choose two options, free service with ads and ad-free Premium service with subscription fees of Rs 99 per month.

The internet giant will also look to move the paid subscribers of Google Play Music to YouTube Music, although it didn't disclose any specific timeline for this shift. The "made-for-music" app and web player offers official songs, albums, thousands of playlists and artist radio from Indian and worldwide artists, as well as access to YouTube's tremendous catalog of remixes, live performances, covers and music videos that aren't available anywhere else.

"We are introducing YouTube Music, our made-for-music app with the magic of YouTube: making the world of music easier to explore and more personalized than ever to users in India", Google wrote in its official blog. Since Youtube Music is built on Youtube, users cannot only listen to music but also watch videos. Besides, YouTube Premium users can also get access to YouTube Originals too alongside the YouTube Music service.

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Basically, it is the music version of a normal YouTube, just working more in the way of typical music streaming apps.

Smart search to find the song, even if you can't remember what it's called. A use case would be where you can create a playlist of your favorite songs, download them offline, and access whenever and wherever you want. Both YouTube services were originally introduced in June previous year in seventeen countries, including the United States, and have taken over eight months to reach the Indian shores.

The Alphabet-owned company has released the Premium service and the Indian subscribers can get it for Rs.129 per month. This was a few weeks after Spotify, the most popular music streaming app in Europe and the Americas, entered the Indian market. This paid membership offers an ad-free experience and offline downloads. YouTube Premium was formerly known as YouTube Red and has not previously been available in South Africa. But the subscription cost is slightly higher at ₹129 rupees for all new members because it includes the brand new YouTube Music service. This service is also available with student plans outside India. But YouTube can still have a fair shot, thanks to its huge user base in video streaming, and popularity with addition of the T-Series channel. It also includes membership to YouTube Music Premium. YouTube is also following the same path and is expected to add more Indian songs.

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