YouTube Red Is Getting Cancelled But Its Replacement Sounds Great

18 May 2018, 10:29

YouTube Red
YouTube Red. Picture: Google

By Josh Lee

After a piecemeal and spluttering attempted rollout, YouTube Red is being scrapped in favour of two new subscribption services.

Introducing YouTube Music And YouTube Premium

YouTube's two new paid-for offerings focus on music and ad-free, premium video content. YouTube Music, which will have a "reimagines mobile app" and desktop site, promises to go head-to-head with Spotify, offering the same music but with extra playlists, covers, remixes, live versions and music videos - as well as Google's powerful search capabilities for music discovery. YouTube Music is set to cost $9.99 a month, and for an extra $2 a month users will be able to upgrade to YouTube Premium, which offers all the features of YouTube music plus ad-free videos, downloads, access to all YouTube originals and the ability to play videos while the app is in the background.

Youtube Music And YouTube Premium
Youtube Music And YouTube Premium. Picture: Google

Google have said they will continue to expand their Originals section with new dramas, comedies and reality shows.

Will I have to pay again for YouTube Music Or Premium if I already have YouTube Red?

Luckily YouTube are allowing existing YouTube Red customers (all five of them) to switch to the new service at the price they are currently paying. For those of you in countries where YouTube Red is currently available, you can sign up now before Google officially makes the switch from YouTube Red to YouTube Premium.

When is YouTube music coming?

YouTube music will arrive in countries where YouTube red is available from May 22nd.

Will YouTube Music be available in the UK

YouTube Music will be rolled out to Austria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom in the weeks following May 22nd.