YouTube Music app is finally here: background playback, smart search, and more

YouTube Premium, YouTube Music launched in India; pricing starts Rs 99

Additionally, at a monthly price of ₹129, users can gain access to YouTube Premium that will give ad-free access to millions of videos on the platform, including YouTube Originals, along with the music.

The YouTube Music Premium will also be available to Google Play Music subscribers as part of their subscription each month. Standard rates apply after the first three months.

Over the previous year artists like Guru Randhawa, Badshah, Arijit Singh and Neha Kakkar have reached the YouTube music country charts in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and Canada, along with the global chart.

YouTube Music is a music streaming service where you could either just listen to the songs or watch the videos as you now do in the main YouTube app.

The YouTube Music streaming and download service in India includes popular Bollywood Hindi scores and other local-language music, the Mountainview, California-based technology giant said in a blog post.

Both the ad-supported and ad-free versions of Music are available, and Play Music subscribers automatically get a subscription for the latter included. "It's also where over 2 million artists come to share their voices and art with the world", said Google in a release.

Premium users can toggle between apps, download content and run in the background while the phone is locked.

March just keeps getting better for music lovers across the country when it comes to streaming services.

The home screen will adapt to each user to provide recommendations based on the music played before, as well as the listeners activities through the day, including going to the gym, tracks to listen to during one's daily commute and more. 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. You can however change this in Settings anytime you want.

Google's YouTube Music will offer local music playlist including Bollywood Hotlist, Upbeat Hindi Retro, Cosmic Indie Pop, Kollywood Hotlist, Tollywood Hotlist and yes, it will give access to global artist such as "Featuring Drake" playlist and several others.

The YouTube Music app is also highly personalised and as you select the artistes you like more similar artists are shown for you to select.

The service is offering in two versions - free, which is ad-supported and paid. You'll also be able to access anything you've purchased or uploaded to Google Play Music and your existing playlists will carry over. There's also the voice search option.



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