Download content for offline playback Expansive video options Student rates available Subscribing to artists through the app is separate from regular YouTube account subscirptions. Local file support is limited Audio quality Clunky interface Confusing to understand their different services. YouTube Music Premium is a great streaming service if you enjoy watching live performances, music videos, and covers. Its vast library is easy to get lost in. Audio quality falls short compared to the competition, but it's a viable option for anyone who needs to take their music on-the-go without incurring monthly overage charges from a network provider. The days of owning music, be it in physical or digital form, are long gone. There are a plethora of viable streaming services out there, but not all are created equally and certainly not all pay the artists equally. YouTube Music offers a vast library of official and unofficial music videos populate search results alongside audio files.
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What is YouTube Music?
Google has announced that Play Music will eventually be switched off, with the aim of shifting customers over to the video-famous platform instead. Several refreshes in appearance and features over the last few years have done it the power of good. The quality of the competition remains an issue, though: Spotify and Apple Music are the mass market titans to tackle, both already offering five-star services. But YouTube Music is not quite the same as the rest.
It's really good, but it's not enough to pull me away from Spotify. I love that album art dominates the page and that it's mostly filled with music and artists that Google knows I like. If you share your location, it can also recommend music based on where you are. Google Music — Google's other streaming music service — knows that I typically listen to jazz or classical music when I'm at home. YouTube Music saw that I was at home and recommended a few jazz playlists. Perfect, since I almost always listen to jazz at home. There's a lot to dig through, from an "energy booster" section that appeared Friday morning with '90s hip-hop and "pop anthems," playlists, to recommendations for new artists that are like artists I've already listened to.