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YouTube Music launches Tuesday; YouTube Red will be replaced by YouTube Premium, which will cost more.
2018-05-17T00:39:54Z - Peter Kafka / Recode
Background: Two years ago, YouTube launched YouTube Red, a service that gave subscribers an on-demand music service, more or less similar to Spotify or Apple Music — as well as access to original programming created just for the service. Next week, YouTube is launching YouTube Music — a revamped version of its existing music service that is functionally the same, but comes with extra bells and whistles like personalized playlists based on your YouTube history and other usage patterns. (That same service will eventually also replace Google Play Music, a rival music service Google has inexplicably operated at the same time it was trying to get YouTube Music off the ground.) Now YouTube intends to charge an additional fee for the other parts of YouTube Red, which will be renamed YouTube Premium. YouTube Music was built in large part to placate music labels who complained that YouTube’s free, ad-supported service didn’t generate enough revenue for them.

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