Google announced today the release of a new YouTube Music app available for Android and iOS. The application allows users to browse music from their favorite artists and suggests songs their friends might like.
“No matter where you start in the app, the music will never stop. Every song you play or artist you choose will take you on an endless journey through YouTube’s music catalog. A simple tap and you’re on your way, enjoying your favorite music and discovering new artists effortlessly. The home tab will recommend tracks just for you and create personalized stations based on your tastes,” wrote YouTube’s director of product management, T. Jay Fowler, on the company’s official blog.
He also talked about the app’s music catalogs, which he says to be one of the richest on Earth. The YouTube music app gives users a fast, contemporary interface they can easily access to find music — be it artists, music videos, albums or single tracks. Additionally, very much like on YouTube itself, the app features covers, remixes, concert footage and lyric videos to enhance the listening experience.
Even though the app carries ads, subscribers of the YouTube Red premium service will not see them. People paying for the service will also be able to set the app in an off-line mode and choose a display of either video or audio-only. Plus, they’ll be able to hear the tracks even while they switch between other apps or the screen is turned off.
The new YouTube music app is already available for download on Google Play or App Store, and the company offers a 14-days free trial of the premium service — which users can continue enjoying for a monthly sum of $9.99 after the period ends.
If it turns out to be successful, YouTube Music app could become a strong competition for other music streaming services, such as Apple Music, Spotify, and the music label Vevo.
Source: Tech Radar