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This service added ad-free video content to users. YouTube's music streaming service Remix is still set for a March 2018 debut, with more information to follow in the upcoming weeks.

Paid services from Spotify and Apple Music have spurred a recovery in the music business, which is growing again after nearly two decades of decline.

According to a report by Bloomberg, this will be Alphabet Incorporated's third attempt to compete with Spotify and Apple (Alphabet Inc. being the parent company of Google and by extension, YouTube).

The new service could help appease record-industry executives who have pushed for more revenue from YouTube.

Amazon Music Unlimited, Amazon's full-catalog streaming service, today announces its expansion into 28 additional countries, offering a catalog of more than 40 million songs and thousands of playlists and personalized stations, hand-curated by Amazon Music experts, to millions more listeners around the globe. They're also in talks with Merlin, a consortium of various independent labels.

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Still, music videos account for a majority of views on the YouTube platform.

The new service was internally codenamed as "Remix", featuring on-demand streaming with video clips along with other YouTube-like features. Besides, it is even fetching after artists to help in promoting the service.

Amazon quickly followed its U.S. launch by rolling out the service to Austria, Germany and the United Kingdom the following month, and Japan later. The latter, which was originally expected to focus on music became more invested in original video projects.

Back in July this year, YouTube's head of music confirmed that Google Play Music and YouTube Red would be merged to create a new streaming service.

YouTube hired former Warner Music executive Lyor Cohen a year ago to help oversee its music operations and serve as a liaison to the record business.