Rumors about Google’s plans to launch a YouTube music streaming service have been coming and going for a while now, but today we have what sound like solid details on what the company has in the works.
To start, the subscription service will be known as YouTube Music Key, which lends support to the idea that Google will continue to use the YouTube name. In addition, Google will change Google Play All Music Access to a relatively easier to say Google Play Music Key.
Feature-wise, YouTube Music Key sounds like a lot of other music services like Spotify and Rdio. It’ll offer a vast amount of ad-free music that can be played however you like; regardless of if you’re online of offline. Also unsurprising is the news that Music Key will give newcomers a month-long trial to test it out, with the hopes that people will like it enough to pay the $10/month fee. That fee, however, will apparently cover both YouTube Music Key and Google Play Music Key, which makes a lot of sense, considering the benefits the two services share.
YouTube Music Key may have one major selling point over other services like it, including its Google Play Music Key partner. And that’s how users will gain access to music outside of an artist’s officially released albums.
Specifically, concert footage, covers of songs done by other performers and remixes. It’d be interesting to see if the remixes would only be professionally produced tracks, or fan-made ones as well. Considering the service will recommend new content based on what’s been previously watched, there’d be a greater chance to discover some not-so-well-known creators.
We still have no clue when YouTube Music Key will launch, with the above details being two-steps under being official. The subscription service was once delayed out of 2013, and even a report from earlier this year stated that Google would push it back even further.
For all we know, Google could simply roll this long-rumored new service into its currently existing one and rename Google Play All Music Access to the aforementioned title.
Should both Music Keys debut later this year, it’ll still be yet another music service hoping to pull music-lovers from one competing service to another. With Spotify, Rdio, Pandora and so many others already out there, it’s a wonder what Google hopes to accomplish with their own –actually their second—music-focused offering.