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5 reasons to try YouTube Music: I'm giving Google a chance

Google is preparing to challenge music streaming's top dogs in Spotify and Apple Music. The keys to their new strategy are several functions that set YouTube Music apart from its streaming competition. I’ll tell you the five main reasons that led me to try YouTube Music.

1. Audio and video together

Images and sound belong together, and that’s been true sing long before Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody, the first recognized “official” music video. When I want to share a song on Facebook, Twitter or elsewhere, I usually first search for a video on YouTube before looking for it on Spotify. There’s a simple reason: everyone can access YouTube, and there’s also something to see in addition to the music. That’s exactly what I expect from YouTube Music, and my first attempts with the new app make me very confident that this will work out just fine.

2. It’s all in the mix

I also think the mixture is attractive, since on YouTube you won’t just find official singles and albums from your favorite artists, but much more as well. It doesn’t matter if you’re looking for covers, live shows, or contributions from normal YouTube users. You’ll have everything at a glance. This makes it much more comfortable and exciting to search through music and videos, and you’re sure to find a few gems in there.

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This is what the YouTube music app looks like. / © AndroidPIT

3. Google knows what I like

No other company knows as much about me and my taste as Google does. So I expect YouTube Music will know my taste in music pretty quickly and be able to give me better recommendations than other streaming services. That’s still not certain, but for me it’s a great reason to give YouTube Music a chance.

4. It couldn’t be more up to date

YouTube uploads 400 hours of video material every second, and a lot of that content is music. According to Google, all videos that are available on YouTube should also be integrated directly into YouTube Music. So if my favorite band appears on a talk show and the clip is put on the internet, I can watch it immediately on YouTube Music. That makes YouTube Music’s catalog hard to beat in terms of its up-to-dateness.

5. No more advertising on YouTube

YouTube music is coinciding with the launch of YouTube Premium, the former YouTube Red. You can finally watch YouTube videos without advertising and can even download them if you want! It costs an extra two dollars per month compared to the standard YouTube Music service, but it’s worth it.

Which streaming service is your daily companion?

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  • Thats a great information..keep sharing information like this...Thank you for sharing


  • I don't normally subscribe to any music service, I'm slightly old skool in that I prefer to have mp3 tracks on my phone. Maybe it harks back to havin a physical CD or cassette or vinyl.

    Anyway since YouTube is giving 3 months free trial I will give it a go. Though I have doubts about the quantity of official albums and tracks, sure having access to the large amount of alternative versions or Live versions is good as a bonus.

    I do use YouTube daily though for watching various videos/tv programs/documentaries so being ad free is welcomed.

    Though will it ultimately succeed in getting me to pay £11 a month for the convenience of no ads and music that I can get for free on the same platform is doubtful.

    Though I did say something similar about paying for cloud 🌥 storage, I now have 2 subscriptions....

    Peace 🖖


  • Part of the Youtube push seems to be intruding ads into music content that used to be uninterrupted - last evening I had a nice Lightnin Hopkins blues album cut rudely broken by some nitwit ad - not even the courtesy to wait for the break between songs. I'm in no flaming rush to a paid service since my tax-paid public library offers the great Naxos classical and jazz/blues collections and mass market stuff is still findable for free when wanted, but at the moment I'd only pony up for Spotify.


    • I'm kind of old school...when I listen to music, I want MUSIC, which is why I have most of the stuff I listen to, on mp3's. I'm very lucky that we have a 24/7 blues/jazz station that is listener funded (old ham radio buddy of mine retired, wanted something to do)...NO COMMERCIALS. The only breaks are the mandated ID's every so often. It's low power, but hits most of the city, and he streams it on the web too.
      Saturday evenings, he streams the imp blues music show.


      • The best freely accessible online genre streamng I know is the series of websites / Android apps the old Sky service broke into: JazzRadio, ClassicalRadio, RadioTunes, RockRadio, and DI.FM (electronic). Unlike Pandora, which is very high maintenance to "train" it away from mass market pulp, the music genres are pretty strictly curated, ads are rare and short, and there's a big variety of "stations". I like Spotify mainly becaues (like the Naxos library streams, unlike the radio-model or Pandora) you can simply pick an album or make a personal playlist, and not be bothered with unwanted "discoveries".


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