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YouTube Music is a music streaming service developed by YouTube , a subsidiary of Google ; it provides a tailored interface for the service oriented towards music streaming , allowing users to browse through songs and music videos on YouTube based on genres, playlists, and recommendations. The service also offers a premium tier, which enables ad-free playback, audio-only background playback, and downloading songs for offline playback. The service will eventually supplant Google Play Music as Google's main brand for music streaming and purchase. The YouTube Music app was unveiled in October and released the following month; its release came alongside the unveiling of YouTube Red , a larger subscription service that covers the entirety of the YouTube platform, including the Music app. Although redundant to Google 's existing Google Play Music All Access subscription service, the app is designed for users who primarily consume music through YouTube. On May 17, , YouTube announced a new version of the YouTube Music service, including a web-based desktop player and redesigned mobile app, more dynamic recommendations based on various factors, and use of Google artificial intelligence technology to search songs based on lyrics and descriptions. YouTube Music became available on Google Assistant smart speakers including Google Home on April 18, , with feature-limited ad-supported playback available for non-subscribers. The availability of music includes many of the releases from mainstream artists and extends to any video categorized as music on the YouTube service.
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The company announced major changes to its streaming lineup on May 24, including a reimagined YouTube Music service , and as of Monday, June 18, those new services have gone live in the United States and 16 other countries. But there are some real lingering questions left unanswered after the dust settled. We reached out to Google to clarify the details of its new service, as well as how it affects Google Play Music, which is the default music app on many Android phones. Google has two music streaming services : Google Play Music , which launched in , and YouTube Music , which debuted in