YouTube Red bites the dust, as Google just announced YouTube Music and YouTube Premium, two new services designed to replace it.
YouTube Music takes on Spotify and Google Play Music directly, bringing a “reimagined mobile app” and a new player for the desktop, both of them with a lot of AI to bring you great tunes. Available for free with ads or for $9.99, YouTube Music will focus on music discovery, recommending new songs based on your activity, history and even location.
However, if you’re willing to shell out $11.99 for the new YouTube Premium, you’ll get all the YouTube music perks alongside the massive video content library available in YouTube Originals. Just like with the Spotify subscription, if you go for the Premium option you will be able to download shows and music for later. Best news so far is the possibility to play videos in the background, something a lot of users have been asking for.
If you already have YouTube Red, you’ll be grandfathered automatically into YouTube Premium without paying the extra $2. However, nothing was said yet about the family plans or how much they will cost.
YouTube Music and Youtube Premium will roll out on Tuesday, May 22nd. If you subscribe to YouTube Red until then, you’ll be able to take advantage of that discount.