With the recently announced rebranding of YouTube Red, there was some confusion about what would happen with current subscribers to Google Play Music. The Google Play Music support team has clarified what will happen on Twitter: Google Play Music subscribers will get both YouTube Premium and YouTube Music Premium as well.
If you’re already a Google play music subscriber, you’ll get YouTube Red (soon to be YouTube Premium) along with YouTube Music Premium.
— Google Play Music (@GooglePlayMusic) May 17, 2018
If you’re confused about the situation, you aren’t the only one. We’re actually talking about two services at three different price points. Here’s how it breaks down:
|YouTube Music||YouTube Music Premium||YouTube Premium|
|Listen in the background||X||X|
|Play in the background||X|
The new YouTube Music is, in effect, Google Play Music but with YouTube’s vast library and a beautiful redesign to accompany it. There is a free, ad-supported version and a $9.99 Premium version with more features. It not only includes most of the library of Google Play Music, but it will also have a huge variety of unofficial remixes and more underground songs. In addition, YouTube Premium will be available for $11.99 a month. It will include all the Music Premium features and the old YouTube Red features.
Potential fans of both services who already have a Google Play Music subscription will automatically receive a YouTube Premium and YouTube Music Premium subscription (the latter starting on May 22nd), so you won’t have to pay for yet another service if you’re already a loyal Play Music customer. If you’re subscribed to the music service as well, you’ll also get to keep your current subscription price. This means you’ll keep your playlists, uploads, and purchases too. Absolutely nothing will be happening to Google Play Music for the time being, and it will remain the same as it always has been. Even those with family subscriptions won’t experience changes, though it’s unclear if they also will be receiving YouTube Music Premium as well. It’s confusing, but it also appears to benefit the consumers in the long run.
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