Report: 'Key' Details Revealed On YouTube Music Service
August 19, 2014 at 4:23 PM (PT)
New information on the long-awaited, much-rumored YOUTUBE music subscription service has been revealed by tech website ANDROID POLICE. Named YOUTUBE MUSIC KEY, the service will offer ad-free music, audio-only playback (for background or screen-off listening), and offline playback.
Concurrently, GOOGLE would rebrand GOOGLE PLAY MUSIC ALL ACCESS to GOOGLE PLAY MUSIC KEY.
YOUTUBE MUSIC KEY will offer a 30-day free trial to start, after which the service will run $9.99/month -- which will cover both YOUTUBE MUSIC KEY and GOOGLE PLAY MUSIC KEY. ANDROID found visual evidence showing that GOOGLE has added "over 20 million high-quality tracks - complete albums, organized into artist discographies" specifically for MUSIC KEY. On top of that will be concert footage, covers, and remixes. YOUTUBE MUSIC KEY will also suggest other music/videos based on what users watch/listen to on YOUTUBE.
Launch date is still TBA, amidst reports that GOOGLE has yet to secure rights to all the available content.