YouTube Music also rolled out internationally, with the full album catalog of the Beatles part of the lineup. "Supporting two apps on the market does come with some challenges and there are some beloved features in Google Play Music that we are in the process of building [into YouTube Music]".
YouTube Premium, which is actually a different service from YouTube Music Premium, is also available today.
On Monday, the YouTube team officially announced that the new YouTube Music is available to everyone in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, and South Korea. For the first time, YouTube is also detailing that a Family Plan is available for $14.99 in the USA and Canada.
Finally, the YouTube team also announced that its YouTube Premium option (formerly YouTube Red) - which includes all of the benefits of YouTube Music and YouTube Red in one subscription - is now available in 17 countries across the globe.
Google Play Music will also still run, and this will again be included in both the subscription tiers.
YouTube has faced criticism from the music industry for abusing its position, with the IFPI saying that it only pays $1 a year per user in royalties to artists while Spotify pays $20. We've heard about this a ton over the past year.
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With YouTube Premium, you get all the above features of YouTube Music along with plus ad-free, background, and downloads across all of YouTube. This is the section of Google Play Music where users upload their current music collections to the cloud, ready to stream wherever they want. It will also offer automatic recommendations based on the artists and songs you have played before on the service, along with where you are now located, and what you might be doing.
In addition to YouTube Music, the company has also expanded the availability of the overarching YouTube Premium service to the aforementioned new markets.
A paid membership to YouTube Music Premium that gives you background listening, downloads and an ad-free experience costs $9.99 or £9.99 a month.
In case you happened to miss all of our previous coverage of YouTube Music, just know that this is supposed to be Google's future of music.
Ad-free listening, downloads and more. It basically saves you from switching between multiple apps to consume audio- and video-based music content.