Google rolls out YouTube Music and Premium in Malaysia, starting at RM14.90

  • YouTube
  • Wednesday, 06 Nov 2019

With YouTube Music users can play their songs without videos, while premium subscribers can play their music in the background even while multitasking. — YouTube

YouTube Premium and YouTube Music are now available in Malaysia for an advertisement-free experience for under RM20, a month.

To get users to try it out, YouTube is offering a free subscription to new users. However, they will need to put in banking details and be subject to automatic renewal fees.

There are several tiers of packages, with YouTube Music Premium costing RM14.90 a month, while YouTube Premium costs RM17.90 and YouTube family costs RM26.90.

YouTube Music Premium gives subscribers access to ad-free music, which can be downloaded to be played later. Downloaded tracks can also be played in the background while users are multitasking.

Typically, YouTube auto-pauses when the user leaves the app or the screen locks.

Meanwhile, YouTube Premium gives subscribers the same perks as YouTube Music, as well as ad-free videos, downloadable videos and background playback.

The YouTube Family plan allows the subscriber to share their YouTube paid membership with up to five other users who share a residential address. These users must be above 13 years of age.

The service provides music recommendations based on subscribers’ taste, location and time of day. Otherwise YouTube’s Hotlist playlist will compile the most popular songs.

A check of the Hotlist in Malaysia shows Selena Gomez’s Lose You To Love Me track on top with 115 million views, which also lists local duo Hafiz and Adira’s Takdir Tercipta with 444,000 views.

Though YouTube claims it is a “completely reimagined music service”, the app layout is fairly similar to Spotify with three sections: Home, Hotlist and Library, which lists users’ favourite playlists, albums, songs and artistes.

Using Google’s search algorithms, users can search for songs by lyrics or even by describing it.

YouTube Music is available as a standalone app on both Google Play store and the Apple App Store, while YouTube Premium runs on the existing YouTube app.

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