If you’ve previously used YouTube as a music streaming app on your phone, you would’ve probably recognized that it was not really suitable to do so. Namely, due to blocked content and the inability to close the app and use your phone for other things.

Google has likely noticed that mobile streaming is becoming ever more popular in the competitive market. With this, they credited the music industry and community for the massive support and growth on YouTube, and announced a YouTube app that creates a specialized music environment engineered specifically for non-stop listening.

[blockquote author=”Official YouTube Blog”] But we want to do even more to support artists and all the fans who turn to YouTube to discover music, so we’re making the experience even better with a brand new YouTube Music app. With YouTube Music, you’ll get a completely new type of experience, designed to make discovering music on YouTube easier than ever.[/blockquote]

Teasing the user interface, they mentioned how it will function like a normal music player. You’ll have the standard tabs with different playlists and titles, while incorporating the online streaming into it.

[blockquote author=”Official YouTube Blog”]The app also gives you complete access to one of the richest music catalogs on earth. You’ll be able to quickly find music videos, tracks, artists and albums, but you’ll also see all the remixes, covers, lyric videos and concert footage that YouTube has to offer[/blockquote]

And finally, after announcing YouTube Red, they’ll also be incorporating this premium membership into the new Music App. No adverts, offline listening and the ability to switch between audio only or video and audio are just some of the perks available.

Starting today, it is available in the US Android Play Store and Apple App Store. You get the full version for free as a 14-day bonus.

What are your thoughts on Google’s recent activities?

Source: Official YouTube Blog

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