After Spotify, India now gets YouTube Music! Here’s what you need to know

By Bryan Durham - March 13, 2019

If you’re a music streaming (or YouTube streaming) fanatic in India, now’s the time to cheer yourself hoarse. YouTube the video-sharing platform owned by Google, introduced the music platform on March 12, 2019.

After Spotify, India now gets YouTube Music! Here’s what you need to know

Planning on getting yourself a subscription? Here’s what you need to know before shelling out your hard-earned moolah!


You can use YTM for free, but ads will run during or between tracks. The standalone app allows you to access official songs, albums, playlists and artist radios based on your viewership habits. YouTube’s catalogue of remixes, live performances, covers and music videos. All this content is available both on the free and premium version, but…. 


The ad-free version is called YouTube Music Premium and boasts of background playback and allows you to switch apps while streaming music. 

The premium version supports downloads so that you can listen to music without internet.


YTMP sets you back by Rs 99 if you are an Android user and Rs 129 if you are an iOS user with a three-month free trial.


Instead of going in for the YTMP plan (subscription rates given above), opt for the YouTube Premium plan instead.

Why? Well, for starters, the recently introduced YouTube Premium doesn’t just give you ad-free, background and offline play across all of YouTube, along with YouTube Originals access, but also access to the premium version of YouTube Music.

A YTP subscriptions sets an Android user back by Rs 129 and an iOS user back by Rs 169.

Also, if you’ve subscribed to Google Play Music, you will get the YouTube Music Premium membership as a free add-on without paying anything extra. Just pay for Google Play Music and get access to both services.


Late last month, Spotify debuted in India and is available for free download on App Store, Google Play and Windows Store. The free version, like YouTube Music is ad-supported the Premium version has several subscription plans available.


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