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Your content & YouTube Music

The YouTube Music app is currently available in certain countries and we're working to expand in more locations.

YouTube Music app FAQ for YouTube partners & creators

The YouTube Music app makes it easy for your fans to connect with your music. It also helps artists like you find audiences and earn revenue for the content you're already creating.

YouTube Music app users who have a YouTube Red membership can also watch ads-free, save music to watch or listen to offline on mobile, and play in the background — helping you get more views. Learn more about how YouTube Red benefits you as a creator.

Questions about YouTube Music

Is the YouTube Music app free?

Your fans can enjoy their favorite tracks, albums, and artists with the YouTube Music app for free. Or they can use it with a YouTube Red membership to get ad-free videos and listen to music offline, in the background, or without loading video. Learn more about getting started with YouTube Music.

Do I need to pay to join YouTube Red to get my content on YouTube Music?

No, you do not have to pay to keep your content on YouTube, in YouTube Red, or in the YouTube Music app. Your videos are automatically visible to users on ad-supported YouTube, as well as through a paid membership to YouTube Red.

The revenue from the paid membership provides a new source of revenue for artists like you. YouTube Red members can also save your music videos to watch offline on mobile and play them in the background — helping you get more views.

Why is there a separate app for music?

Music is one of the most popular content categories on YouTube and — much like families and gamers use YouTube differently — so do music lovers.

With that in mind we’ve developed a dedicated YouTube Music app to help fans more easily discover the breadth and diversity of music content on YouTube and connect them to the artists they already know and love.

What makes YouTube Music different from other music services?

As a YouTube built just for music, YouTube Music lets fans watch and listen to a nearly endless catalog in an app designed for music discovery. It helps fans more easily discover the breadth and diversity of music content on YouTube and connect to artists like you.

YouTube has unique music content that your fans won't find anywhere else:

  • New artists, classic favorites, and everything in between
  • Official music videos, full albums, remixes, covers, and more
  • Classic recordings and videos that span decades

YouTube Music is an experience beyond listening. Music fans also get:

  • All the sights, sounds, and power of video
  • Concert footage and live recordings
  • Access to global music moments

Plus, YouTube Red members get subscription access to Google Play Music (note that both Google Play Music and YouTube Red must be available in your location for this to work).

Will my fans pay to use YouTube Music?

The YouTube Music app is free to download and use. Users can also use it with a YouTube Red membership to get ad-free videos and listen to music offline, in the background, or without loading video.

Thanks to your music videos, remixes, covers, and more, YouTube is the best place to discover music from artists all over the world. Because of this, we believe that fans will be interested in using YouTube Red's membership benefits to access your content in more ways.

Why are there two subscription services (YouTube Music & Google Play Music)?

We know that people enjoy music in many different ways so our subscription services give users more choice. YouTube Red members get subscription access to Google Play Music. Similarly, Google Play Music subscribers get a YouTube Red membership. Note that both Google Play Music and YouTube Red must be available in a user's location for this to work.

 

Your content & the YouTube Music app

Will my content be available on the YouTube Music app?

The YouTube Music app shows content that our system and our partners have identified as appropriate for a music experience — and we're adding more content all the time. In most cases, there's nothing you need to do to get your music content in the app.

Learn more about how we determine what goes in the YouTube Music app.

How do you determine what's in the YouTube Music app?

We're collaborating with our music partners to identify content appropriate for a music-only experience. The content is from music labels, artists, music aggregators, music publishers, and other music content providers and includes:

  • Official/premium music videos
  • User-generated song content
  • Art tracks
I don't see my music content in the YouTube Music app.

Identifying content appropriate for a music-only experience is an ongoing process. We're working hard to get this content into the YouTube Music app quickly so that your music fans can watch all the music videos they love.

How do fans access my content on YouTube Music?

Your fans can search for your songs, videos, and albums in the YouTube Music app. If you have a big enough presence on the web, you may even have an auto-generated topic channel where fans can learn more about you as an artist.

YouTube Music app users who have a YouTube Red membership can also get ad-free videos, save music to enjoy offline on mobile, listen without video, and play music while using another app or with their screen off.

Will creators of music content still be paid?

Yes, of course. Nothing is changing on ad-supported YouTube and creators will continue to earn revenue through ads. In addition to this, YouTube Red will provide a secondary revenue stream.

How is revenue determined?

You'll continue to earn revenue through ads on YouTube and the free, ad-supported YouTube Music app.

In addition, YouTube Red membership fees will provide a secondary revenue stream based on how much members watch your content. As with our advertising business, the majority of the revenue will go to creators.

Does content watched offline count towards my views?

Yes. Offline views in the YouTube Music app will be recorded and incorporated just like online views the next time a user logs back in online.

Can users control which songs are available for offline playback?

The first version of the YouTube Music app takes an automated approach to offline playback. If a user enables this feature, it'll ask them to select the media type and quantity, and we take care of the rest. The app automatically selects a list of videos for offline playback and refreshes the content periodically.

I have a Vevo deal. How does this interact with Vevo?

Your deal with Vevo is not impacted and Vevo will continue to provide your content for the ad-supported service.

We've worked directly with your label so you can now earn both ad-supported revenue and YouTube Red membership-based revenue. Reach out to your label if you have additional questions.

Can musicians or labels opt out of the subscription service?

We want to make sure that fans who choose to pay for an ad-free experience with YouTube Red can watch all of your videos. Imagine a fan who wants to watch your videos without the interruption of ads and pays for the experience upgrade, who then finds out that some of your videos are no longer available.

To unlock new YouTube Red and YouTube Music features, deliver a great experience for your fans, and offer you an additional revenue stream, we're asking all partners to ensure that their content is available for both free and paying users.

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