YouTube's New $10 a Month Music Service
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Tuesday, Aug 19, 2014 Updated at 9:27 PM PDT
Google is working on a $10 a month subscription music service that will be featured on YouTube and Google Play Music, according to reports.
The service is called Music Key and will run on both Google Play and YouTube, according to Android Police. The service will be free for one month and then start charging subscribers $9.99 a month for music with no ads and featuring audio-only playback. From the story:
Google, according to the images below, has added "over 20 million high-quality tracks - complete albums, organized into artist discographies" specifically for Music Key.
Some of the perks of Music Key will not only be the music but also to concert footage, remixes and likely covers, Android Police reported. There's also some indication that users may be able to upload content to the platform and tie-in "discoverability" and suggested results. So far, YouTube doesn't have any comment
on the report, according to the Re/Code.
The subscription idea isn't a new one -- it's one currently used by Spotify, Rhapsody, Rdio and others -- and YouTube has its standard freemium and ad-filled model. However, until Google prices its service more competitively, it won't stand out from the crowd.