Google Play Music and YouTube Red will be merged, says YouTube exec

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YouTube Red subscribers already get access to Google Play Music as part of their subscription, though the tie-up is somewhat confusing, and all the more so because of the standalone YouTube Music app that is available in some markets. By forming a new service merging both together, the users will be able to enjoy both Music and Videos from a single platform with a unified subscription.

Back in February, Google combined their YouTube and Play Music teams in order to "deliver the best possible product". "Nothing will change for users today and we will provide plenty of notice before any changes are made".

Cohen did not clearly explain if the YouTube or YouTube Music and Google Play Music apps will also be merged.

So, you all remember that Google has a streaming music service, right?

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According to the YouTube Red website, a Red subscription includes a free subscription to Google Play Music.

Google Play Music is also $9.99 per month and is Google's equivalent to Spotify, providing ad-free music streaming, the ability to create playlists and upload local music files, and offline listening.

The YouTube's music ecosystem is now made up of YouTube Red, YouTubeMusic and YouTube TV. Just as the social network broke out Messenger into its own so it could optimize the experience, YouTube now has dedicated apps for its three most popular verticals: "kids, gaming, and music". The system also acts to suggest you new titles that you may like based on your listening preferences, the season or even the time of the day and so on. It's also hard to fully enjoy this perk, as you have to switch between apps depending on whether you want to stream music or video. It didn't specify when the merger will take place, though it may happen soon. Adding in YouTube Music may require more clarification for users on exactly which features they get for the allotted subscription price.

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