YouTube to launch Music Key, Google’s next evolution of music

August 18, 2014

YouTube Music Key Google Play Music Key

YouTube is gearing up to launch a music video streaming subscription service called YouTube Music Key. At the same time, Google will re-brand Google Play Music All Access, call it Google Play Music Key and sell you both together for $10 per month.

While we do not have all of the details just yet, Android Police is reporting on the matter with some certainty, but we’ll all have to wait just a little longer for Google and YouTube to officially announce anything, including a launch date.

YouTube Music Key is the resulting service from months of negotiations with record labels, including some still standing road blocks with Indie labels. The service looks to provide users with ad-free music videos, concert recordings, exclusive band content and YouTube’s already powerful playlist creation algorithms. In addition to ‘unlocking premium content’ through YouTube, there may be an audio only playback mode and offline playback.

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Combining YouTube Music Key with Google Play Music All Access – or Google Play Music Key, as I’ll call it for the rest of this article – brings a natural evolution to the user experience. No longer would we need to decide if we want music or videos before searching for our favorite artists, instead, we could head over to an all inclusive music environment in which we can find audio and video of our favorite bands in one place.

Also reported is that Google has added over twenty million high quality tracks into Music Key, complete albums that are organized into artist discographies.

In true Google tradition, expect to find 30 day free trials of the YouTube Music Key service, then pick up the $9.99 per month subscription fee. Again, we presume that this fee will provide you both YouTube Music Key and Google Play Music Key, and we are hoping that early adopters of Google Play Music All Access that got in at $7.99 per month will get to keep their reduced rate and still get all the new goodies.

For users coming from just YouTube, do you watch enough music videos that $10/month is worth it for removing ads, getting better playlists and recommendations and some exclusive content?