Who doesn’t love music? And for us music lovers, Google and YouTube are coming together to offer a new streaming service. YouTube’s head of music confirmed that the company is planning on merging its Google Play Music service with YouTube Red to create a new streaming offering.
The announcement came during a panel session at the New Music Seminar conference in New York. According to Lyor Cohen, YouTube’s head of music, this is to clear out the confusion and bring in new customers. Though it is not sure whether it’ll lead to a new product or just an upgrade to the current one.
Right now, YouTube is offering music in two ways; YouTube Music and YouTube Red. YouTube Red offers subscription based ad free videos and lets you save them offline. Most importantly, it lets you play videos with your phone screen off; which is a pretty common demand for people who like to use YouTube to just listen to music. It even gives you access to Google Play Music within the same subscription fee which is 10$ per month. It goes both ways.
But the problem is it’s not available all around the globe yet. Right now it’s available in only five countries. On the other hand, Google Play Music while being a solid streaming service hasn’t found its groove yet. So, the merging seems like a wise choice for both the services.
Google or YouTube hasn’t confirmed any release date or any other details yet, but let’s hope they announce something soon to satisfy our curiosity.