Google Play Music is a music and podcast streaming service and online music locker operated by Google , part of its Google Play line of services. The service was announced on May 10, ; after a six-month, invitation-only beta period, it was publicly launched on November 16, In the second half of , Google is shutting it down, with YouTube Music as its replacement. Users with standard accounts can upload and listen to up to 50, songs from their personal libraries at no cost. Users in several territories also have access to YouTube Premium. Users can purchase additional tracks for their library through the music store section of Google Play. In addition to offering music streaming for Internet-connected devices, the Google Play Music mobile apps allow music to be stored and listened to offline. Google Play Music offers all users storage of up to 50, files for free. Songs purchased through the Google Play Store do not count against the 50,song upload limit.
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YouTube Music and YouTube Premium are now live in the U.S., 16 other nations
YouTube was once a simple service. You simply uploaded your videos to the platform or watched videos other people uploaded. However, it has since diversified its portfolio, so to speak. Here is everything in YouTube and what it does. YouTube is the platform and YouTube Premium is the service. YouTube Music and Music Premium are separate products for only music content. You can read about those with the link below. Read next: Check out every YouTube offshoot here!
The service provides ad-free access to content across the service, as well as access to premium YouTube Originals programming produced in collaboration with the site's creators, downloading videos and background playback of videos on mobile devices, and access to the YouTube Music music streaming service. The service was originally launched in November as Music Key , offering only advertisement-free streaming of music videos from participating labels on YouTube and Google Play Music. YouTube announced the rebranding of the service as YouTube Premium on May 17, , alongside the return of a separate, YouTube Music subscription service. The service was first unveiled in November as Music Key, serving as a collaboration between YouTube and Google Play Music , and meant to succeed the former's own subscription service. Music Key offered ad-free playback of music videos from participating labels hosted on YouTube, as well as background and offline playback of music videos on mobile devices from within the YouTube app. The service also included access to Google Play Music All Access, which provides ad-free audio streaming of a library of music. During its invite-only beta, Music Key faced mixed reception due to the limited scope of the offering; YouTube's chief business officer Robert Kyncl explained that his daughter was confused over why videos of songs from Frozen were not "music" in the scope of the service, and thus not advertisement-free.