YouTube Launches a Sucky Music App (Unless You Pay)

The video giant has rolled out a new app named YouTube Music, which is available on both iOS and Android devices.  The only thing is that it kinda sucks without a paid subscription.

On a basic level, the YouTube Music App offers songs and their accompanying music videos.  Users have the option of using an ad-supported version, or alternatively users can pay for an ad-free version by signing up to YouTube Red.  This is where the app becomes more interesting and a lot more powerful.

The obvious advantage of paying for YouTube Red is the ability to stream songs on-demand, and create playlists without ads.  This is a big deal, as a lot of people find the ads somewhat irritating though many are already ad-blocking the interruptions.

YouTube Red lets users play music in the background, listen to music offline, and it also includes audio mode, which enables audio-only listening without having to load videos.

Similar to other music streaming services, YouTube Music allows users to search for content and has licensed the same pool of approximately 30 million songs that you’ll find pretty much anywhere.  The service is also optimized with additional, less commonplace options like classic videos, concert footage, and live recordings.

But here’s the catch: YouTube Red will set you back $9.99 per month, or $12.99 in the iOS app.  Also, with the free version of the YouTube Music app, you lose portability, music cannot simply be played in the background, and there is no access to mixtapes offline.  Essentially, most of the functionality that makes this music app interesting is only available in the paid subscription version.

However, if users want to try the app out, you can currently sign up for a free 14-day trial when downloading the app.

6 Responses

  1. Rick Shaw

    Hooray…another music app! Just what I needed. They need to start making phones with terabyte memory.

  2. Anonymous

    “users can pay for an ad-free version by signing up to YouTube Red”

    Or use adblockers like everybody else… :)

  3. Anonymous

    It’ll be a cold day in hell before Google gets one cent of my money. #IRespectMusic

  4. whatareyoutalkingabout

    has anyone actually used it? I’ve been trying it for a few days and think it’s great. it’s not a spotify competitor, it’s a Pandora competitor. It’s a lean back experience and a really good one at that.

    For $9.99 a month you get a subscription to google play all access (a really good streaming service which includes songza’s awesome playlists), youtube ad free, with offline capability (save any video you want to your phone!) and background, and now also this youtube/pandora like experience ad free.

    easily the best deal around if you’re already willing to spend $10 a month on music.

    • Abby

      I use it, but I don’t pay for it. If you don’t pay for it, it’s exactly like YouTube except you can actually close it and the music still works. It does for me anyways and I don’t mind the ads. I’m use to the, by now.