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YouTube to Add Another Service For Its Users From May 22

YouTube will release the service from May 22 in America, Australia and New Zealand and will "expand more broadly" in the coming weeks.

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YouTube music will separate the movies and music section on the platform. Pixabay

YouTube is rolling out a new service “YouTube Music” on May 22 to seperate the music and film components on the Google-owned video-sharing platform.

“YouTube Music” is a mobile app and desktop player with multiple playlists, official albums and artists to prevent users from jumping back and forth between multiple apps and YouTube, the company said in a blog post.

“While users can enjoy the new ad-supported version of ‘YouTube Music’ for free, we’re also launching ‘YouTube Music Premium,’ a paid membership that gives you background listening, downloads and an ad-free experience for $9.99 a month,” the post added.

YouTube will release the service from May 22 in America, Australia and New Zealand and will “expand more broadly” in the coming weeks.

It is yet to be announced when it will come to India.

YouTube is rolling out a new service "YouTube Music" on May 22 to seperate the music and film components on the Google-owned video-sharing platform.
YouTube to launch YouTube Music Service for its users. Pixabay

With the increasing penetration of smartphones, data becoming affordable and ever-growing availability of content, 80 per cent of internet users across all age-groups in India are accessing YouTube.

Touching 225 million monthly active users on mobile alone, India is one of the fastest-growing countries for the video platform, the company had said in March.

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“We now have more than 300 channels with over a million subscribers, from just 16 channels in 2014. We will continue to invest in programmes to support creators, and encourage more diversity and distribution of their content,” said Robert Kyncl, Chief Business Officer, YouTube.

“YouTube Music” was a part of “YouTube Red,” that is the company’s subscription video streaming service which was launched in November 2014. (IANS)

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European Union Regulators Commission Slaps Google With An Antitrust Penalty of $1.68 Billion

"Today's decision is about how Google abused its dominance to stop websites using brokers other than the AdSense platform"

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European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager speaks during a media conference at EU headquarters in Brussels, March 20, 2019. VOA

European Union regulators have hit Google with a 1.49 billion euro ($1.68 billion) fine for abusing its dominant role in online advertising.

It’s the third time the commission has slapped Google with an antitrust penalty, following multibillion-dollar fines resulting from separate probes into two other parts of the Silicon Valley giant’s business.

The EU’s competition commissioner, Margrethe Vestager, announced the results of the long-running probe of Google’s AdSense advertising business at a news conference in Brussels on Wednesday.

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Google “prevented its rivals from having a chance to innovate and to compete in the market on their merits,” Vestager said. “Advertisers and website owners, they had less choice and likely faced higher prices that would be passed on to consumers.” VOA

“Today’s decision is about how Google abused its dominance to stop websites using brokers other than the AdSense platform,” Vestager said.

The commission found that Google and its parent company, Alphabet, breached EU antitrust rules by imposing restrictive clauses in contracts with websites that used AdSense, preventing Google rivals from placing their ads on these sites.

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Microsoft filed an EU antitrust complaint about the service in 2009 and the EU Commission formally launched its probe in 2016, although it said at the time that Google had already made some changes to allow affected customers more freedom to show competing ads. Pixabay

Google “prevented its rivals from having a chance to innovate and to compete in the market on their merits,” Vestager said. “Advertisers and website owners, they had less choice and likely faced higher prices that would be passed on to consumers.”

AdSense is an older Google product that lets web publishers such as bloggers place text ads on their websites, with the content of the ads based on results from search functions on their sites. Microsoft filed an EU antitrust complaint about the service in 2009 and the EU Commission formally launched its probe in 2016, although it said at the time that Google had already made some changes to allow affected customers more freedom to show competing ads.

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Last year, Vestager hit the company with a record 4.34 billion euro ($5 billion) fine following an investigation into its Android operating system. In 2017, she slapped Google with a 2.42 billion euro fine in a case involving its online shopping search results. (VOA)