The long wait for YouTube’s revamped music service is nearly over: the company announced on its blog that it will debut the new YouTube Music on May 22. YouTube already has a service by the same name, but this new service overhauls the old one and introduces two new premium services into the mix: YouTube Music Premium and YouTube Premium.
Let’s break down YouTube Music first: the new music-streaming service will offer free, ad-supported music streaming through a new desktop and mobile app. YouTube emphasizes that “all the ways music moves you can be found in one place” in the new YouTube Music as it gives users access to thousands of playlists, official songs and albums, remixes, covers, live versions, and music videos.
The new app will also have a “dynamic home screen” that provides listening recommendations based on your history, what you’re doing, and where you are. Users can also search for songs using YouTube Music search without knowing the song’s name. It’s likely that Google incorporates AI into this feature, allowing you to search for songs using descriptions or lyrics. All of that will be available through YouTube Music for free for anyone who can stand advertisements throughout, making it similar to free versions of other streaming services including Spotify and Apple Music.