YouTube is one of the most-viewed websites on the planet, and by far the most popular video platform today, so it's no surprise that millions upon millions of users turn to it every day for music. It's the default platform for music videos — especially viral music videos like ME! and Old Town Road — and it's also a place to find just about any song, remix, mashup, or fan cover you could ever want. Whether you're looking for lyrics to a song before karaoke night, music to sleep to, or a new remix to play at your next party, YouTube has what you're looking for.

With YouTube Music, YouTube is ready to dominate the streaming market with a music app built upon its video empire. YouTube Music has an app with a truly unique interface, an unparalleled content library, and more than a few kinks to work out, but YouTube Music is here to stay and here to compete.

Music reimagined

YouTube Music

Google's video-centric streaming service is worth a look.

Unlike Spotify, Apple Music, and other competitors, YouTube Music is a streaming platform that gives you easy access to official song audio and videos in one single place. It's free to use, but paying for the Premium version gives you a much more powerful experience with a host of additional features.

Check out our full review

YouTube Music is built on a gold mine. YouTube is not only the most used video platform in the world; it might be the biggest catalog of professional, semi-professional, and amateur music available in the world. This isn't the first time Google has tried to capitalize on this, but this time is different. YouTube's music team has finally gotten its act together and made us all a mixtape full of promises.

But can it follow through on them?

YouTube Music review: A mixtape full of promise

The service starts at $9.99/month — but no one should pay that

Go Premium

There's no real sugar-coating it: using YouTube Music as a free user on Android is bad. There are ads every three to six songs, and you can't leave the Now Playing screen, so it hogs your screen and your battery. YouTube Music is worlds better when you unlock its paid features. YouTube Premium is absolutely worth paying for.

YouTube Music Premium, however, is not.

Confused? Let us explain ourselves. 👇

For the love of Duarte, buy YouTube Premium instead of YouTube Music Premium

Where is YouTube Music Premium available?

If you're interested in checking out YouTubeMusic Premium, the service is currently available in the following countries:

  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • El Salvador
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Guatemala
  • Honduras
  • Hungary
  • India
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Luxembourg
  • North Macedonia
  • Mexico
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Nicaragua
  • Norway
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • South Africa
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Ukraine
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • Uruguay

Getting started

Get your library built

YouTube Music is an adjustment from traditional music services — especially because it's based around video rather than audio — but thanks to the Google's search prowess and downright uncanny predictions and recommendations, getting used to Google's newest music service should be as painless as possible.

There might be a few hurdles to get over if you're coming to YouTube Music from something like Spotify or Apple Music, but by following our guides that are linked below, you should be up and running in no time at all.

There's still a lot that's missing

YouTube Music has matured a fair amount since its launch back in May 2018, but over a year since that debut, there's still a lot that's missing.

From poor library management to unreliable casting, using YouTube Music is a lot more annoying in 2019 that it needs to be. The service as a whole is still great, but there are definitely things we'd like to see Google fix ASAP.

Oh, and don't get us started on YouTube Music's offline policies. 🙄

What's happening to Google Play Music? Where's my likes and playlists?

Old vs new

Google wants all of its Play Music subscribers to migrate over to YouTube Music at some point. That means YouTube Music will be adding most of Google Play Music's tentpole features — the biggest of which is Google Play Music's free 50,000 song music locker.

What does YouTube Music mean for Google Play Music

That said, Google Play Music and YouTube Music's libraries and catalogs at the moment are entirely disconnected, and there's quite a bit that has to happen before that can change. The library migration is a long ways off, but in the meantime, Play Music users get two music apps to play with instead of one. So which one should you use?

YouTube Music vs. Google Play Music: Which should you use?

How does it compare to other services?

YouTube Music Premium is meant to compete with Spotify Premium

YouTube Music is bringing a lot to the table, but it's far from the only music streaming service in town.

Spotify has spent the last decade building up a loyal user base, building algorithms that few companies can even begin to touch, and building up a reputation as the best brand in streaming music. Amazon Music Unlimited isn't quite as popular, but it offers excellent integration with Alexa and is a pretty good value for anyone that's subscribed to Amazon Prime.

Here's what happens when we pit YouTube Music against them head-to-head.

Music reimagined

YouTube Music

Google's video-centric streaming service is worth a look.

Unlike Spotify, Apple Music, and other competitors, YouTube Music is a streaming platform that gives you easy access to official song audio and videos in one single place. It's free to use, but paying for the Premium version gives you a much more powerful experience with a host of additional features.

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