After much speculation on features and timing, YouTube Music is slated for a soft launch tomorrow. The service will replace its YouTube Red service with with two tiers and a lot of features that users should like.
YouTube Music’s tiers will include YouTube Music at the industry standard $9.99 per month that features mostly audio-only music, and the new YouTube Premium which includes all the features of Music along with original shows and ad-free viewing of YouTube at $11.99 a month. The new service is launching in the US, South Korea, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand, followed by another 14 countries in the coming weeks.
According to insiders who’ve already used the service, YouTube Music uses a lot of artificial intelligence to personalize the service to each user, as well as totally individual home page that’s determined by the last year of YouTube viewing to offer new music selections and ideas to the user.
YouTube Music incorporates playlists as well, but doesn’t include a version of Spotify’s popular Discover Weekly, at least yet. Playlists are created based on your listening habits, having as many as 500 songs. They also learn along the way, so if you skip a track it will not show up next time the list is played.
It also does not have direct voice control, although it can be controlled indirectly through an Android device and Google Home.
YouTube has also rolled out a new feature across its entire service called “Music in this video” which shows credits for artists, songwriters, labels and publishers when their music is used in videos on its service. The feature will work for just about everything on the service, including official music videos, user generated content and creator videos like gaming, beauty vlogs, tutorials, and more. YouTube says it will be live for more than 500 million videos from its first day onward.
All data for this feature comes from YouTube’s Content ID, which has is now thought to be the largest single database of recording and publishing rights available.