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YouTube to revamp music service, charge more for ad-free shows

Google’s YouTube is launching a new version of its music service and also getting ready to charge more on its original shows like “Cobra Kai”.

YouTube will launch a revamped version of its music service, YouTube Red, which comes with extra features like personalized playlists based on individual’s YouTube history and other usage patterns, Recode said.

The revamped music service, to be renamed as YouTube Premium, supposed to soft-launch on May 22, will cost $10 a month after a trial period, and will eventually also replace Google Play Music, the report added.

In other news, YouTube recently has made a positive move with the creator community by dramatically expanding music credits on the platform. According to an announcement, “Music in this video” credits the artist, songwriter, label, and publishers behind than half a billion music videos. The feature will provide credits and music discovery information on both music videos as well as user-generated content that features recorded music.

Elton John said, “Songwriters are the heart and the soul of songs, so it’s wonderful seeing them get the credit they deserve. There is so much more we can do to establish a better situation for music creators and this is a great step forward.”

Veteran hitmaker Rodney Jerkins said, “I’m known to the public as a music creator, but I consume music just as much as I create it.

“As a long-time music creator, my experience has revealed to me how extremely critical it is for all music creators to have access to accurate song credits.  The ability to identify a contributor to a song production–and how they contributed–makes future collaborations much more efficient and productive, which leads to less frustration for the creator, and better quality music for the consumer.”

“In today’s digital world, achieving accurate and comprehensive song credits is more attainable than ever. What YouTube has done by making credits a priority to its platform, will allow a better music experience for all,” said Jerkins.

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