YouTube is offering a new music subscription service called Music Key. Can it rival the other music services out there already? Here’s a guide to this new music service from YouTube.
1. YouTube Music Key Will Cost $9.99/Month
According to Android Police, who broke the story, YouTube Music Key “will offer ad-free music, audio-only playback (for background or screen-off listening), and offline playback.” Android Police adds that new users will get a 30-day free trial to start, with the regular cost of the subscription service being $9.99/month.
2. Google Play Music All Access Is Also Getting a New Name
According to Engadget, another wing of Google’s music empire is also getting some changes. Google Play Music All Access will now be called Google Play Music Key. Engadget notes that one subscription fee is expected to cover both Google Play Music Key and YouTube Music Key services.
3. The Launch Date of YouTube Music Key Is Unknown
It is not yet clear when Youtube Music Key will open for registration. NBC News reports that “earlier reports hinted that the Internet giant was having trouble getting licensing and royalties sorted.” It is possible, though not certain, that the service could launch before the year is out.
4. YouTube Music Key Will Offer 20 Million Songs & Videos
According to the Guardian, YouTube Music Key will offer users the ability to enjoy 20 million different songs and videos, including concert footage. Covers and remixes will also be included in the cost of the subscription, alongside the official discographies of selected artists.
5. Some Videos Might Be Blocked From YouTube
According to the Daily Mail, “independent artists who have not agreed to new deal terms will have their videos blocked from all YouTube sites.” The same report says that YouTube has already reached agreements with Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, and Warner Music Group.
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