If you are a music lover here is a good news you, Google seems to be working on a streaming platform that will see two of its current services merge into a single product. YouTube Red and Google Play Music might soon come together to offer an entirely new streaming product from Google.With the merger, YouTube is reportedly planning to create a new streaming offering to deliver an excellent music streaming experience to its users.
YouTube’s Head of Music,Lyor Cohen, confirmed the news while speaking at the New Music Seminar conference in New York.Cohen said, “The important thing is combining YouTube Red and Google Play Music, and having one offering.”
Currently YouTube Red is only present in 5 countries across the world, excluding India. The premium service removes ads from YouTube and allows users to download YouTube videos for offline viewing. YouTube Red also gives the users to create a playlist of videos which they can listen to with their mobile screens off. Subscribing to YouTube Red comes with a free subscription to Google Play Music.
But, with Google Play Music, it is available in 64 countries worldwide, including India. The subscription to Play Music is priced atRs 99 per month and the app is available for the users across iOS, Android and the web. Google says that the music catalogue on its service ranges over 40 million unique local and international titles. Google Play music uses AI and Machine Learning to make song recommendations to its users.
The joining of YouTube Red and Google Play Music would be a great, especially for Indians who do not have access to YouTube Red as of now. However, it is not mentioned whether users are willing to pay for music streaming services in India, because there are a few free music streaming platforms like Gaana and Saavn that are available in the country. Hopefully, the new Google streaming service will maintain a lower price than Apple Music, which currently costs Rs 120 per month.
In a statement to The Verge, Google said that it will give users many notices before making any changes or rebranding the merged services. Google noted “Music is very important to Google and we’re evaluating how to bring together our music offerings to deliver the best possible product for our users, music partners and artists. Nothing will change for users today and we’ll provide plenty of notice before any changes are made.”