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CNET First Look
Hands-on with the new YouTube Music appGoogle just announced a new YouTube Music app that pairs with YouTube's Red Subscription service for unlimited ad-free audio and video streams. Join us as CNET goes hands-on.
Hey everyone, I'm Justin Yu from CNET, and this is the first take of the new YouTube music app. So if you're like me, you've probably used the YouTube desktop site in the past to listen to your favorite songs. But one problem is that [INAUDIBLE] The official YouTube app just isn't really that great for listening to music on the go. But today, Google hopes to solve that problem with a new app just for music lovers called, YouTube Music. I was invited to check out a preview of the app before launch day, and it's definitely a much cleaner experience for checking out music related content. It organizes all the different versions of the music you love. Which even includes stuff you're probably not even aware exists in a central hub. There's guided paths for artist discovery and song duration. And it works best with YouTube's new red subscription service. For $10 a month, red takes away all the ad's that run before your videos and it also adds in app benefits like offline listening and background play. Of course, you can use it without signing up for Red, but it feels a lot slower if you have to wait for commercials to load up. So the app starts with a search bar, and all the results you'll see are music related. So you don't have to worry about other videos popping up if you type in something like Usher. tha app actually works in the background to make a custom radio station out of every song you listen to and that consists of music from related artist not to mention different versions of those tracks there's even a slider available inside the app's settings to control how much variety you'll hear for any given stations If you've used YouTube on a traditional browser, you'll have no problem using the app. You'll recognize things like the thumbs up and the thumbs down icons that you can click to tell the algorithm how you feel about a certain song. The app takes that into consideration and will Will either serve you more or less of that kind of song in the future. Another awesome feature is the ability to toggle this red audio only button that shows up at the top of every video. If you hit that, the app will pause the video, while continuing to play the audio. And if you're a red subscriber, you can even turn off your phone and continue listening. The YouTube music app is all about discovery, which also happens to be a great way to keep bringing users back to the app. There's a separate section called YouTube music today, that organizes music into playlist, according to genre, popularity Internationally trending songs and albums and more. And there's also good news for commuters that travel in network dead zones. If you subscribe to Red, the app will show an offline mix tape section that automatically saves discovery items based on your taste profile. If you already have a Google play account, You'll be automatically grandfathered into the benefits of red, and will never see an ad play before a video as long as you continue paying 10 bucks a month. But for everyone else, you'll get a free two week trial of YouTube red, when you download the YouTube music app. After two weeks is up, customers can get an additional month of free access when they sign up using a credit card. [MUSIC]