And it's basically useless if you're not willing to pay for it
Most of Music’s best features are only available if you pony up $10 a month for a subscription to YouTube Red, the controversial new ad-free version of YouTube that was announced last month. Considering that much of what it offers is eclipsed by Google’s other streaming service, Google Play Music, Gizmodo and others like Crave Online are even speculating that this may simply be an elaborate marketing scheme to get people to sign up for the ad-free video service.
But it's free for two weeks, so you might as well try it
YouTube gives you a 14-day free trial of YouTube Red when you sign up, so give it a test drive without shelling out a cent, then decide whether it's worth your 10 bucks a month. For my part, after playing around with it for a day I can say that the slick interface and Offline Mixtape feature were genuinely impressive, but not enough to make up for the lack of playlists. For now, I'm sticking to Spotify.
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Joe McGauley is a senior writer for Thrillist who would be woefully lost without his library of playlists.