YouTube Music launches to take on Spotify

Could video kill the radio star?
by
YouTube Music launches to take on Spotify

YouTube is taking on Spotify with a brand-new music offering coming soon to the UK. It’s called YouTube Music – a music streaming service offering access to not just audio tracks and playlists, but millions of music videos, personalised playlists and more.

But, is it really a Spotify killer? Let’s have a look at what YouTube Music has to offer…

What is YouTube Music?

The redesigned YouTube Music app makes it easier to access YouTube’s vast catalogue of music videos. That includes live performances, remixes, covers, and other music videos you won’t find anywhere else.

Sure, you can already watch videos online, but the YouTube hopes its new dedicated music app will make it easier to watch and listen whenever you want.

What makes it different from Spotify and other music services?


If you love watching music videos on the train, or in bed before hitting the hay, then you’ll probably love YouTube Music. The app puts video at the forefront of the listening (and watching) experience.

On top of music from your favourite artists, you can also watch amateur recordings and fan covers of your favourite songs, and you’ll find it easier to access exclusive YouTube performances and music documentaries.

YouTube Music covers all your favourite popular artists, and unknown gems waiting to be discovered. After all, Justin Bieber was discovered on YouTube.

Find that track you’ve been dying to listen to


YouTube Music promises to make it easier to find what you’re looking for, even if you don’t know the name of the song.

For example, you could type in ‘New Cardi B song 2018’, and it’ll pull up a list of new songs the artist has released so far this year. The most recent song will appear at the top of the search results.

A more personal music experience just for you


YouTube Music is like that old friend who just gets you and your music tastes. It’ll offer music recommendations based on the time of day, your location, and your listening habits.

Imagine firing up the app and being suggested motivational soundtracks to get your heart pumping next time you hit the gym. YouTube Music provides playlists tailored for every situation.

What if I don’t want to watch videos?


Don’t worry if you haven’t got time to watch videos. There will also be 50 million songs including audio-only clips. Another 20 million songs are from independent artists or fan covers.

How much will I have to fork out?


YouTube Music has already launched in the US with the choice of a free -ad-supported version, or a YouTube Music Premium tier costing from $7.99 per month. That’s around £6 per month in UK money.

When is it coming to the UK?

A UK release date hasn’t been announced yet, but it is coming. Sign up at the YouTube Music homepage to be notified when.

We’ll be sure to bring you more on YouTube Music once the service lands over here.

Any thoughts on YouTube Music? Will you be ditching Spotify or Apple Music for it? Let us know in the comments section.

What are your thoughts? Join the conversation here…

comments powered by Disqus
If you recently picked up a tablet or smartphone, you may be thinking of essential apps to get. Here
Want to know how one of our team got on when they put the HTC One A9s through its paces for a week?

18 April, 2019
Thinking of moving over to Apple’s iconic handset? Or just considering a new iPhone...
11 April, 2019
The bokeh effect can make your photos look like they were taken by a pro photographer,...
9 April, 2019
Technology is used to help us in all sorts of ways, but these companies are using...
25 March, 2019
The brand new Huawei P30 is here – and this is one flagship you do not want to miss....
7 March, 2019
Mindfulness is such an important part of life. Take five minutes out of your hectic...
3 March, 2019
We want to make sure you're up to date with all the latest smartphones, so we'll...
27 February, 2019
Get the highlights from the 2019 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona - including folding...
8 February, 2019
Selfie fan? Then you’ll want a phone with an amazing front camera, and exciting tech...
30 January, 2019
Foldable smartphones from Samsung and Huawei are coming soon, but how popular will...
23 January, 2019
Homes kitted out with smart tech are now the mainstream, but what does the future...
18 January, 2019
Is your phone slower than it used to be? Is it taking longer to get the usual things...
17 January, 2019
Feeling the post-Christmas pinch? We’ve got some handy tips to help you get on top...