23 Jun YouTube Music launches in the UK to offer new streaming alternative
YouTube have announced the launch of a service called YouTube Music, a new streaming platform which will replace Google Play and rival big players like Apple Music and Spotify.
YouTube Music will consist of a new app and web player that will provide users with access to full albums, playlists, music videos to stream their favourite songs, remixes, covers and live performances.
As of July 1, YouTube views will also count towards chart success, which means viral videos which quickly rack up thousands of plays will carry much more of a commercial punch.
The streaming service will cost £9.99 per month or £14.99 for a family plan, with the video giants offering a three-month free trial to entice users.
With over two billion (free) users each month, there exists the potential for YouTube to legitimately rival the current streaming giants.
As of May 2018, Spotify were reported to have around 75 million paid subscribers, with Apple Music boasting something in the region of 40 million paid subscribers. That means YouTube’s user base is around eight times the size of Spotify and Apple Music combined, while it’s estimated that around 46% of all music streamed globally takes place through YouTube.
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