YouTube has officially launched YouTube Music in the United States and it’s a pretty big deal. Anyone can upload a video to YouTube and get exposure to the billions of users around the world, but YouTube wants to lend even more support to artists and have done so with YouTube Music.
They’ve rolled out the YouTube Music app, which makes music discovery even easier than before and completely overhauls the experience. Choosing a song or artist will open up the musical floodgates and take you down the yellow brick road of YouTube’s extensive music catalog. The home tab is truly home and comes complete with personalized recommendations and music stations based on your history and musical tastes. Finding any version of a song is made easier than ever, as search results show you remixes, covers, lyric videos and live performances.
YouTube Music can also be used in tandem with YouTube Red if you have a membership. You might recall that YouTube Red is the premium experience and will give you all that YouTube Music has to offer, but without advertisements. You’ll also be able to listen to music offline and switch between video or audio-only. In addition, you’ll be able to hear a video playing even while you’re in another app or have the screen turned off, which really kills my battery when I’m driving and have YouTube playing through my aux cord in the car… so thanks, YouTube… I’ve been waiting years for this!
As aforementioned, YouTube Music is only available in the United States at the moment and you can download the app on the Google Play store or the App Store. For doing so you’ll get the premium experience free of charge for 14 days. Happy music hunting, lads! The future of streaming and discovering music has arrived.