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YouTube has launched its audio-streaming services YouTube Music and YouTube Premium in India, shortly after the February debut of Sweden's Spotify Technology SA in the country, The Economic Times of India reported.

The Google LLC unit's YouTube Premium is available for 129 rupees per month, which includes membership to YouTube Music Premium. It supports offline downloads, provides access to YouTube originals, offers background play and has no ads, according to the report.

YouTube Music is being offered in an ad-supported version and will also have paid memberships, allowing background play of music and videos, switching between apps and writing text messages, the report said.

A free three-month subscription to YouTube Music Premium, usually costing 99 rupees per month, is available. Users of Google Play Music, which was introduced in 2011, will receive YouTube Music Premium membership with their subscription.

As of March 12, US$1 was equivalent to 69.64 Indian rupees.