Google has brought YouTube Music and YouTube Premium to South Africa, which means that you now have another music streaming service to choose from and you’ll be able to watch YouTube without those annoying ads.
Available in two tiers – free (ad-supported) and premium (no ads) – YouTube music lets you stream or download music and music videos to your mobile device. While it does sound very similar to Google Play Music, YouTube Music lets you choose between listening to the song or watching teh video and continues playing the audio from the app even if you exit the app – something that you’re not able to do on YouTube.
Google believes that these are just a few of the reasons you’re gonna like YouTube Music:
- It’s ALL here. Not just music videos , but official albums , singles , remixes , live performances , covers and hard-to-find music you can only get on YouTube.
- Recommendations built for you. A home screen that dynamically adapts to provide recommendations based on what you’re playing before, where you are and what you’re doing. At the gym workin ‘on that fitness ? Escaping during your commute? The right music is right here, built just for you.
- Thousands of playlists across any genre, mood or activity. That means no matter what kind of music you like, where you are, what you’re doing, or what mood you’re in, you can easily find the right playlist for that moment. Try ” house hotlist ” to discover the best in house music or ” SA’s hip hop hotlist ” to get the heart rate going.
- Smart search so we’ll find the song, even if you can not remember what it’s called. Try ” that South African fainting song ” or “the song with clicking” – We got you. You can also search by lyrics (even if they’re wrong). It’s ” Starbucks lovers ,” right?
- The hottest new music. We’ll keep you on top of what’s hot! The hottest videos in the country right now are right there, on their own dedicated Hotlist screen. And our popular YouTube Charts like Top 100 South Africa Songs are available on YouTube Music as playlists so you can keep up with the latest and greatest.
- No internet? No problem. Get YouTube Music Premium to listen ad-free, in the background and on-the-go with downloads. Plus, your Offline Mixtape automatically downloads songs and videos you love just in case you forgot to.
- Watch or listen on your phone (Android or iOS) or online at music.youtube.com
YouTube Premium launched alongside YouTube Music and gives you all the benefits of YouTube Music’s Premium plan with the addition of ad-free videos on the main platform.
According to Google, if you’re a Google Play Music subscriber you’ll automatically receive access to YouTube Music Premium at the current price that you’re paying.
It’s worth noting that playlists you’ve created in Google Play Music do not populate in YouTube Music.