12 March 2019
The online music streaming market has become even crowdier as Google has released YouTube Music and YouTube Premium in India. Both these services were debuted globally in May 2018 and after about 10 months, both have been expanded to one of the fastest growing markets in terms of internet users. Interestingly, the official release has happened just days after Spotify arrived in India after years of waiting.
Starting with YouTube Music, it is a dedicated app that works like a music streaming service. It means the app continues to show YouTube videos but they are strictly about music artists like official music videos and live performances. There also numerous playlists, remix collections, song covers, radio stations, and much more. One can search for artists manually or simply visit "Artists" section showing the list of all the music artists you have subscribed to on YouTube.
Even the video player on YouTube Music resembles a music streaming service player. The video is shown in the top part and bottom part features music playback controls like next, previous, play/pause, and like/dislike. At the bottom, there is a small bar showing the song that will be played next along with an arrow icon to see the currently playing queue. On the top right corner, there is toggle which can be used if you are interested in only the audio.
If we talk about YouTube Premium, it offers everything that YouTube Music has to offer but with some extra benefits. These include ad-free video streaming on the main YouTube app. The user gets the freedom of playing any video on the platform even in background which is something many of the users desire. And yes, users can also choose to download videos for offline playback.
Google has priced YouTube Premium at Rs. 129 per month and YouTube Music Premium at Rs. 99 per month. There is also a free trial for three months after which the usual monthly fee will become applicable.