YouTube Red is out; YouTube Premium and YouTube Music launch in 17 countries

YouTube Red is out; YouTube Premium and YouTube Music launch in 17 countries

YouTube Red is now known as YouTube Premium, and a new platform called YouTube Music is available.

What’s new?

Starting today, two subscription packages are available: YouTube Premium, and YouTube Music Premium.

YouTube Music Premium includes an ad-free music experience, background listening, and downloads for offline play.

YouTube Premium includes everything that YouTube Music Premium does, with the addition of ad-free videos, background play, and offline downloads across the entire site (not limited to just music), as well as full access to YouTube Originals – the platform’s library of premium content.

YouTube Premium offerings grid

YouTube Music is available for free in an ad-supported capacity, and is available both on the web and as a standalone iOS and Android app.

What about existing subscribers?

Those with an existing YouTube Red subscription will receive full access to YouTube Premium at their current subscription price – typically about $2 less than the new YouTube Premium. Family plans are also grandfathered in, for the time being. “If the price ever changes, we’ll be sure to give you plenty of notice,” the company wrote.

The same can be said for Google Play Music subscribers – they will receive access to YouTube Music at their current subscription price. “Nothing is changing with Google Play Music – you’ll still be able to access all of your purchased music, uploads and playlists in Google Play Music just like always.”


YouTube Music and YouTube Premium are available starting today in 17 countries: the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, South Korea, Austria, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Russia, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.