YouTube Music launches in India, South Africa, Argentina and more

YouTube Music launches in India, South Africa, Argentina and more

With an aim to fight with Spotify and Amazon Music, YouTube has launched its paid service, YouTube Premium and music streaming app, YouTube Music, in India.

YouTube Music Premium (ad-free music) will cost you 99 INR ($1.42) per month while YouTube Premium (which includes YouTube Music Premium) will cost you 129 INR ($1.85) per month.

According to the website, the ad-free YouTube experience, which includes YouTube Music, costs ZAR72 per month and provides access to YouTube Originals content. So, if you a user of Google Play Music "you'll be able to access all of your purchased music, uploads and playlists in Google Play Music just like always". It is a paid subscription service that allows users to play a YouTube Music video in the background and multi-task and toggle between apps simultaneously. You can also look up music by lyrics even if they're wrong. You don't need to pay individually for the access of premium videos, the YouTube Premium service will give you full access to all YouTube videos.

In addition to India, YouTube Music and YouTube Premium have also launched over the last 24 hours in South Africa, Argentina, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Uruguay, Panama, Paraguay, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Bolivia. Users can gather all the music at one place through YouTube Music, as stated with "Ads'".

A smart search feature that will allow the app to find a song even if the user can not remember the title.

You get song recommendations based on previous activity, pre-made playlists like Driving Mood, New Released, Dining With An Artist, Stress Buster, Working Out, Best of 60's and more in the free version.

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Just over a week after the launch of the Spotify in India, there is a new streaming service in town.

For the South Africans out there, you can try out YouTube Premium for free for three months by going here.

YouTube Music Premium Family membership (up to 6 family members) is Rs 149 per month. India's love for music comes as no surprise for the company, which has seen T-Series, a music label and movie production house from the country, nearly overtake PewDiePie, the biggest YouTuber in terms of subscribers. For paid members the Offline Mixtape automatically downloads up to 100 songs you love on your mobile device. YouTube is also following the same path and is expected to add more Indian songs.

But all the features are rendered irredeemable by if users choose to use the free version of the YouTube Music app. These are the cheapest rates globally, but on par with what other streaming services charge in India.

If you've used YouTube Red previously or at least seen how it functions, well that's exactly what YouTube Music Premium is.

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