YouTube Music makes its debut for iOS and Android
A few weeks back Google announced YouTube Red, a big change to how the streaming video service is monetized. Rather than continuing as a strictly ad-supported model, Red allows users to pay a monthly fee in exchange for an ad-free viewing experience – along with other perks. And while that was interesting enough on its own, news of Red also arrived alongside word of a new YouTube Music app, one with both free and subscription features that would give users unprecedented access to the service’s vast music catalog. Google told us the app would be out soon, and today it finally drops, with YouTube Music arriving for both iOS and Android.
YouTube Music users can discover content with the help of a daily “My Mix” playlist, or manually search out artist and albums. Individual tracks can be used as seeds to generate on-the-fly radio stations of sorts, with easy controls to let users adjust the degree of variety – so you can hear lots of the same, or broaden your horizons.
Curated suggestions from YouTube staff add a little structure to the mix, helping to identify the best of the best out there.
While YouTube Music can be enjoyed by both free users and Red subscribers, it’s worth noting that installing the app will automatically start your 14-day free Red trial. You don’t have to continue with it, but if you were to save that trial for later (since you only get one), you might want to hold off on installing YouTube Music for the time being. Otherwise, go ahead and fire it up, and let us know what you think in the comments.