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Get YouTube Music “early access” now: Here’s how

Get YouTube Music “early access” now: Here’s how

YouTube Music's 2018 reincarnation just launched, and it's available for SOME users. If you live in the United States, Mexico, Austalia, New Zealand, or South Korea, you might be in luck. Today Google launched "early access" to YouTube Music for some users - but not ALL users.

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YouTube Music, YouTube Premium will be included in Google Play Music subscription

YouTube Music, YouTube Premium will be included in Google Play Music subscription

This week saw the announcement of two new services from Google: YouTube Music and YouTube Premium, with the latter replacing YouTube Red. YouTube Music is the company's latest attempt at a full-fledged streaming music service, while YouTube Premium will continue offering the library of original series and movies that were previously on Red. Where this gets confusing, however, is for Google Play Music subscribers, which will exist alongside these two new services.

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YouTube Music Premium: 5 things you need to know

YouTube Music Premium: 5 things you need to know

Today Google "revealed" YouTube Music and YouTube Premium - but it's not that simple. This is a re-branding and a changing of the guard. Much like previous Google app products (we're looking at you, chat,) Google's released several products that are relatively similar. Today we're going to make sense of the whole lot.

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YouTube Music launch next week will test brand’s profitability [UPDATE: it’s official]

YouTube Music launch next week will test brand’s profitability [UPDATE: it’s official]

YouTube may be the household name when it comes to online videos and some music but when it comes to monetizing that popularity, it has nothing on Netflix, Spotify, or even Apple Music. YouTube Red was Google's attempt at turning the free video streaming service into a business, lumping together a variety of subscription-only features, whether you have need for all of those or only some. So far, however, it hasn't exactly taken off, pushing Google to launch a new YouTube Music service that will hopefully make things a bit less confusing.

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YouTube incognito mode will stop the annoying video suggestions

YouTube incognito mode will stop the annoying video suggestions

It's a common issue all YouTube users face: you can't resist the lure of a clickbait title, click on it out of interest, and suddenly your recommended video list is full of similar garbage. Users have complained about this issue and requested an incognito mode to avoid it; by using this mode, any videos watched wouldn't influence recommended videos.

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YouTube TV voice remote feature appears in app for some users

YouTube TV voice remote feature appears in app for some users

Voice control is more popular than ever and increasingly available on different platforms. Fire TV owners, for example, can use voice commands by pressing a button on their microphone, and Roku users enjoy similar functionality. YouTube TV is about to expand its own voice control options via the addition of a voice remote feature within the platform's mobile app.

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YouTube HDR support for iPhone X is quietly rolling out

YouTube HDR support for iPhone X is quietly rolling out

YouTube has quietly introduced High Dynamic Range (HDR) support for the iPhone X. Some handset users report being able to view HDR videos using the latest and greatest iPhone model, hinting at a slow rollout that, unfortunately, hasn't made its way to the iPad Pro. Though it's not available to all users at this time, iPhone X users can check whether they have access via the app's "Quality" menu.

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YouTube Remix tipped to replace Google Play Music in coming months

YouTube Remix tipped to replace Google Play Music in coming months

Google may be planning to kill off Google Play Music and replace it with a new one called YouTube Remix in the near future. The Remix platform first surfaced in a report last year; according to the rumors, the service is an on-demand music offering that could take on Spotify. Though many official details are still missing, a new report has popped up claiming that Google Play Music will be sacrificed to make room for Remix by the end of the year.

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YouTube TV just arrived in these five new markets

YouTube TV just arrived in these five new markets

YouTube TV, the live-streaming television service, has been expanded into five new markets in the US, making it available to yet another large batch of potential new customers. The expansion comes shortly after the company increased the monthly subscription fee from $35/month to $40/month, bringing it closer to the cost of other competing services.

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Our moon in 4K: YouTube has a new best high-res video

Our moon in 4K: YouTube has a new best high-res video

This afternoon the folks at NASA revealed a radical new video touring the moon in 4K resolution. This video was made using images from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO). It's a very, very large video, and you're gonna want to watch it on the most massively pixel-dense device you've got on-hand.

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YouTube hit with FTC complaint over child privacy violations

YouTube hit with FTC complaint over child privacy violations

In no small thanks to Facebook's blunder, tech companies, especially the big ones, have come under increased scrutiny over their handling of user data. Considering how it makes much of its revenue from advertising, Google and its businesses are a prime target for such investigations. A coalition of more than 20 consumer advocacy groups have lodged a complaint at the Federal Trade Commission against YouTube, alleging that the video streaming giant knowingly and willfully collects and profits from tracking kids, all without the consent of their parents or legal guardians.

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YouTube Kids app update said to allow only human-curated content

YouTube Kids app update said to allow only human-curated content

As our social networks continue to be dominated by algorithmically suggested content, YouTube has faced some serious criticism in recent months over aimed at children, especially within its own YouTube Kids app. To help address these growing concerns, the company is said to be working on a major overhaul of its kid-friendly app, where the only videos displayed are those approved by a team of human curators.

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