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YouTube Launches Its Own Music Charts

27 May 2018

It also places YouTube squarely in the race for music streaming dominance already led by Spotify (75 million subscribers) and Apple Music (50 million paid and free members). YouTube Red is being rebranded to 'YouTube Premium, ' with a minor price hike ($11.99/month) and promised expanded availability.

YouTube Music already comes with a modicum of protection against any licensed songs it may officially lack, as one of the key selling points of the service is its integration with music-related videos that live on YouTube proper. YouTube only needs to convert a small percentage of the 1.8 billion users now using its free, ad-supported platform into paying subscribers to become a true subscription threat, one that Morgan Stanley - which values YouTube at $160 billion (more than Disney) - estimates could have 25 million subs by 2022.

The problem is that YouTube users have long made it clear they won't pay for their music content. That'll continue to be the case with YouTube Music, and a redesigned mobile and desktop app will serve up music videos, tunes, and plenty more easily. The good times are back again, but the record industry is not going to repeat that lesson.

Of course, video remains YouTube's specialty, and there's nowhere better for finding official music videos from artists.

Since YouTube Music was announced last week and as the revamped streaming offering began rolling out yesterday, Google has ardently reiterated that "nothing will change" with Play Music.

YouTube's reign as the "most used app" continues after dominating the online streaming video market.

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In response to a user asking if their 14,000 uploaded songs and "carefully curated playlists" would remain the way they are during this transitional period, head of music at YouTube T. Jay Fowler confirmed that information will transfer from Google Play Music to Youtube Music in the tweet above.

You can find and install YouTube Music on the Google Play Store, but you might not be able to actually use it yet.

Google also said you will eventually be able to purchase songs in YouTube Music, though the songs would presumably be from Google Play.

While Android might have a basic built-in audio player, features like adding songs to a playlist and other controls might be lacking.

As previously stated, the plan is for YouTube Music to replace Google Play Music sometime in 2019. It now has a total of 44 destinations that can be tracked including the United Kingdom and the US.

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YouTube Launches Its Own Music Charts