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

YouTube will launch a revamped version of its music service, YouTube Red, which comes with extra features like personalized playlists. (Reuters)
Updated 17 May 2018
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YouTube to revamp music service, charge more for ad-free shows

BENGALURU: 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,” Recode reported on Wednesday.
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.
The video-streaming company plans to charge $2 more for the other parts of YouTube Red, including original shows like “Cobra Kai,” but will require individuals to also pay for YouTube Music, the report said.
“Cobra Kai” is a comedy series of 10 episodes, and is a sequel to the hit franchise “Karate Kid.”
Alphabet Inc’s Google, which owns YouTube, did not respond to a request for comment outside regular business hours.


Google to charge Android partners up to $40 per device for apps

Updated 20 October 2018
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Google to charge Android partners up to $40 per device for apps

  • The new system should give Google’s rivals such as Microsoft Corp. more room to partner with hardware makers
  • The fee can be as low as $2.50 and rises depending on the country and device size

BRUSSELS/SAN FRANCISCO: Alphabet Inc’s Google will charge hardware firms up to $40 per device to use its apps under a new licensing system to replace one that the European Union this year deemed anti-competitive, a person familiar with the matter said on Friday.
The new fee goes into effect on Oct. 29 for any new smartphone or tablet models launched in the European Economic Area and running Google’s Android operating system, the company announced on Tuesday.
The fee can be as low as $2.50 and rises depending on the country and device size, the person said. It is standard across manufacturers, with the majority likely to pay around $20, the person added.
Companies can offset the charge, which applies to a suite of apps including the Google Play app store, Gmail and Google Maps, by placing Google’s search and Chrome Internet browser in a prominent position. Under that arrangement, Google would give the device maker a portion of ad revenue it generates through search and Chrome.
Tech news outlet the Verge reported the pricing earlier on Friday, citing confidential documents.
The European Commission in July found Google abused its market dominance in mobile software to essentially force Android partners to pre-install search and Chrome on their gadgets. It levied a record $5-billion fine, which Google has appealed, and threatened additional penalties unless the company ended its illegal practices.
The new system should give Google’s rivals such as Microsoft Corp. more room to partner with hardware makers to become the default apps for search and browsing, analysts said.
Qwant, a small French search company that has been critical of Google, said in a statement on Friday that it was “satisfied that the European Commission’s action pushed Google to finally give manufacturers the possibility to offer such choices to consumers.”