YouTube is easily the most well-known video platform on the web. When smartphones started becoming popular by the end of the s, followed by the rise of smart TVs and mobile apps followed, and its popularity exploded. Google now says that over 2 billion users worldwide check out YouTube videos every month and that over 70 percent of its video views come from mobile devices. While they may share the same brand, they all have very different features. The OG YouTube service is still massively popular and easily the most important of the services under the brand. Anyone can upload their videos on the service and there are no fees for those who want to watch them either. Google does have certain rules over what kind of videos can be uploaded. That includes ones that are subject to copyright infringements. This has caused quite a bit of controversy for the service over the year.
Pocket-lint - YouTube Music was announced in , so is a relatively new music streaming service from Google that only focuses on all things music across the video streaming platform. With YouTube Music, you can listen to official songs, albums, playlists, artist radios, remixes and live versions of songs. It is a free-to-use service if you don't mind listening to adverts every few songs, available through a mobile app or web player.
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It provides a tailored interface for the service oriented towards music streaming , allowing users to browse through songs and music videos on YouTube based on genres, playlists, and recommendations. The service also offers a premium tier, which enables ad-free playback, audio-only background playback, and downloading songs for offline playback. The service will eventually superseded Google Play Music as Google's main brand for music streaming and purchase. The YouTube Music app was unveiled in October and released the following month; its release came alongside the unveiling of YouTube Red , a larger subscription service that covers the entirety of the YouTube platform, including the Music app. Although redundant to Google 's existing Google Play Music All Access subscription service, the app is designed for users who primarily consume music through YouTube. On May 17, , YouTube announced a new version of the YouTube Music service, including a web-based desktop player and redesigned mobile app, more dynamic recommendations based on various factors, and use of Google artificial intelligence technology to search songs based on lyrics and descriptions.