Details of Google's long-rumored YouTube music subscription service appear to have leaked, if screenshots posted by the blog Android Police prove to be accurate. "Music Key," as it is apparently known, will apply to both YouTube and Google Play Music, allowing unlimited streaming, offline storage of songs and videos, and a few other perks. Users of the YouTube app may soon receive a notification that the service is available, along with an offer for a 30-day free trial; after that, it'll be $10 per month, according to the report.
The service differs from the company's existing "All Access" music service in that songs and videos on YouTube will be included in an all-you-can-eat fashion, in addition to the tracks available on Google Play Music. (Artists often release videos or exclusive content in video form before the record itself is available.) Whether current subscribers will be upgraded automatically or whether there will be a lower tier for just YouTube or Play Music subscriptions isn't clear. No word on when the new service will launch, either — earlier reports hinted that the Internet giant was having trouble getting licensing and royalties sorted. When asked, a Google spokesperson said "we don't comment on rumor or speculation."
First published August 18 2014, 4:40 PM