YouTube have announced a new, subscription based version of their service due to launch at the end of this month bringing with it a host of new features to avid YouTube users including exclusive content, ad-free videos, offline viewing and use of the newly announced YouTube Music streaming service which will finally make YouTube one of the go-to platforms for those of you who enjoy streaming music. Let’s start with the biggest part of the service, YouTube Music. This is a new app due to launch in the near future the cost of which, will be covered by subscribing to YouTube Red, the app is designed to make listening to music easier than ever, according to the announcement which was posted on the YouTube blog. “Any song or artist you choose on YouTube Music will start you on a personal journey through one o the richest music catalogs; just sign in, tap a track you love, and see where your music takes you.” We assume that what they basically mean, is that they have created an app which will basically help create a personalised experience for the user, using algorithms and other technological wizardry to assist the user in creating a playlist based on their searches, discovering previously unheard music from their favourite artists and genres along the way. A good idea, given YouTube is already used around the world for the purpose of playing music, it’s just a shame you can’t close the app and continue listening.
However that isn’t all you’re going to be getting for your $10 a month. YouTube Red also grants users to exclusive YouTube content from various YouTube Stars, original content is expected to be available from early 2016 and will include shows such as the previously announced Scare PewDiePie, Sing It! Lazer Team and Fight of the Living Dead all of which should appeal to a variety of audiences around the world. Ad-free videos and offline watching are just two additional features throw into the mix to sweeten the pot.
YouTube will of course be offering one month free trials of YouTube Red when it first goes live on October 28th. Unfortunately however it will only be available to the United States… At launch at least. Additional regions are expected to be included at a later date. For now, here’s the trailer: