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All of Google’s Confusing, Intertwined Music Services, Explained

Last week, Google launched YouTube Music to a few cheers, a few groans, and a lot of “don’t they already have a music service?” In fact, they have several: Google Play Music and YouTube Red, for starters. But don’t be fooled—they seem separate, but they actually compliment one another.

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YouTube Music mobile apps launch, with offline listening and no ads for subscribers

YouTube is growing into a mansion with many distinct rooms. The latest is YouTube Music, which seeks to capitalize on the video site’s massive music catalogue and convince more subscribers to jump on board YouTube Red.

YouTube Music is free and grants you a focused application for discovering music videos, exploring YouTube’s recommendations, viewing your previous favorites, and streaming audio.

If you sign up for the $10-per-month subscription, you get ad-free access to the entire catalog of videos and the ability to save them offline. The YouTube Red package also applies to YouTube’s other apps and grants you unlimited streaming with Google Play Music.

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Sick of Candy Crush invites? Facebook to kill game requests

CEO Zuckerberg pledges to put an end to those annoying game invites, and the social network also destroys the “other” inbox folder. Meanwhile, Skype adds video filters and Google Play Music gets podcasts.

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Here’s what YouTube Red’s $10 per month subscription gets you (hint: a lot)

YouTube is finally going ad-free, for a price.

On Tuesday, Google announced YouTube Red, a $10 per month subscription version of the world’s largest streaming video service. It’s launching on October 28 in the United States.

Beyond just removing all advertising from YouTube—including banners, pre-roll videos, mid-roll videos, search ads, homepage ads, and overlays—the service also offers a grab-bag of other benefits. Here’s a rundown of what else YouTube Red actually gets you:

  • Offline playback: YouTube Red users lets you store videos on iOS and Android phones and tablets for up to 30 days, limited only by the amount of storage on the device. Video quality is adjustable, so you can dial down the resolution when space is running short. Just keep in mind that if you leave the United States, any videos you’ve already saved will work, but you can’t save new video until you’re back in the country.
  • Google Play Music: A subscription to YouTube Red also gets you into Google Play Music All Access, the $10 per month streaming music service that’s similar to Spotify and Apple Music. It includes millions of on-demand songs, along with ad-free Internet radio. Likewise, if you subscribe to Google Play Music All Access, you’ll automatically get YouTube Red at no extra charge.
  • Background videos: On iOS and Android, video soundtracks will continue to play in the background if you switch to another app or turn off the screen. This makes the most sense if you’re watching a music video or anything else where audio is the main component.
  • Exclusive content: YouTube is partnering with some of its star video creators to create new programming just for Red subscribers. The lineup includes a reality-adventure series with Felix “PewDiePie” Kjellberg, a satire of reality singing competitions by the Fine Bros., and a full-length action comedy film from Rooster Teeth and Fullscreen Films. (See this Variety report for the full list.) The first wave of programming will arrive in January.

As for the lack of advertising, it’ll apply to both YouTube proper and YouTube Gaming, Google’s answer to the popular game streaming service Twitch. The only case where ads can slip through is when they’re embedded directly into a video by the content creator, as YouTube has no control over those. In other words, if a video announces that it’s about to break for a word from its sponsor, you’ll still see that ad in the stream.

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The YouTube Red subscription service will launch next week with a big catch for iOS users

The YouTube Red subscription service will launch next week with a big catch for iOS users

YouTubes long-rumored subscription service is finally here. Named YouTube Red, it will be available staring next week on Wednesday, Oct. 28.

For iOS users, it will be available through the YouTube app. It can also be accessed from the Apple TV or Mac. But there is a substantial catch for Apple fans. While it will be available on Android devices, the desktop, and mobile Web for $9.99 per month, youll have to shell out $12.99 monthly to receive the features on your iPhone or iPad. Because Apple takes 30 percent of any subscription revenue from apps, YouTube is passing the buck (and the bill) directly to consumers.

When it launches, viewers in the United States can try the service with a one-month free trial.

Touted as the ultimate YouTube experience, the service allows users to view videos in an ad-free environment. You can also download videos to watch later without an Internet connection.

The benefits will also extend to the YouTube Gaming app and the just announced YouTube Music app that will be available soon. A recent blog post explains more about the music-oriented app:

YouTube Music is designed to make discovering, watching and listening to music easier than ever. Any song or artist you choose on YouTube Music will start you on a personal journey through one of the richest music catalogs; just sign in, tap a track you love, and see where your music takes you. And as a special bonus – YouTube Red works with Google Play Music, so subscribe to one and automatically get access to the other.

Heres a quick promo video. Click here if you cant see it.

Starting early next year, YouTube Red members will receive access to new original shows and movies from some of the services biggest stars like PewDiePie, CollegeHumor, Joey Graceffa, and many others.

For other app news today, see: New stops have rolled into the RGB Express puzzler, Inside TL;DR gives you the headlines with bite-sized chunks, and Take control of your photo storage with Room for More.

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