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INTERNATIONAL - Google has announced that it will be taking a new approach by revamping and launching a new version of YouTube Music, which is set to replace Google Play Music in the future.

YouTube Music will cost $9.99 (R125.56) per month and will reportedly compete with Spotify as the service will feature predictive playlists and suggestions just as Spotify.

The new YouTube Music streaming service will also feature a new mobile app and desktop player. Additionally, Google Play Music members don't lose the features they've grown accustomed to, including a cloud-based MP3 storage locker. 

Google Play Music subscribers will also receive a YouTube Music Premium membership as part of their monthly subscription. CNet reported that the company’s YouTube Red will be renamed to YouTube Premium, and will bundle YouTube Music with ad-free original shows for $12 ( R150.72) a month.

“And if you use Google Play Music, nothing will change – you’ll still be able to access all of your purchased music, uploads, and playlists in Google Play Music just like always,” said Google.

YouTube Music will launch in the US, South Korea, Mexico, Australia, and New Zealand on 22 May, and will become available in another 14 countries in the following weeks.

Whether or not YouTube Music will launch in South Africa has yet to be announced.

Here is the pricing plans for Youtube Music:


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