After confirming last night that YouTube Music Premium and YouTube Premium are both coming soon, Google has now provided more info on its official YouTube blog.
The new YouTube Music Premium will launch this Tuesday, May 22nd, in the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, and South Korea. It’ll roll out more broadly in the following weeks, with launches scheduled for Austria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.
Pricing for YouTube Music Premium will be $9.99 per month. That’ll get you ad-free music, background listening, and downloads. Existing Google Play Music subscribers will get the same features they already have at the same price, and they’ll still be able to access their purchased music, uploads, and playlists in Google Play Music.
There’s also YouTube Premium. Priced at $11.99 per month, this subscription offers all of the features of YouTube Music Premium in addition to ad-free, background, and offline access to all of YouTube. Customers who are already subscribed to YouTube Red will continue to receive access to the service at the current $9.99 per month price.
After going through names like YouTube Music Key, Google Play Music, and YouTube Red, it seems that Google is now settling on “YouTube Premium” as the name for its paid YouTube service, with a music-only option for folks that only care about tunes. It’s kind of a bummer that YouTube Premium is $2 more than YouTube Red but offers similar features, but at least existing Red subscribers will be grandfathered in with their current price.