Google readies YouTube Music Key streaming service

For months now it’s been rumored that YouTube is going to release some form of a music streaming service. We haven’t really understood what it is, and what is different about it from Google Play Music All Access. Well today some of those questions has been answered.

YouTube Music Key

YouTube Music Key offers Ad-free music, background listening, and offline playback. You can see the landing page for Music Key here. The service is currently in Beta, and all you can do is put in your email to receive more information.

However CNET has some information on it, and says that the service will be released in a pilot version on Monday starting at $10/month. Users selected for Beta will get it for 6 months for free, and then after that $8/month if they decide to keep it. Those who already subscribe to Google Play Music All Access have no fear, because if you already pay for that you will have access to Music Key, and those with Music Key will have All Access.

What’s great about this is two things:

  1. This will be the first music subscription service to include videos
  2. This may very well be the most successful music subscription service.

I say the second point because of YouTube’s very wide reach around the world. It’s already the biggest video site, and is top in legally provided music online. Hundreds of millions of people use YouTube regularly, so it would not be very hard for YouTube to achieve wide-spread with this service.

I already have All Access, so I’m looking forward to trying out this large addition to my subscription, which may very well make it more worth it.

Are you excited for Music Key?

via CNET

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