Wednesday, November 12, 2014

YouTube Unveils Test Launch Of Music Streaming Service

Google Inc. ’s YouTube division plans to launch a test of its long-awaited music subscription service next week, the company said Wednesday.

According to The Wall Street Journal, the service, will be called YouTube Key and  will be available on personal computers as well as smartphones running Google’s Android operating system to start.

Beginning Monday, users will be able to listen to music without ads on the YouTube site. On smartphones, they will be able to play music in the background while they browse in other mobile apps, and store music for offline playback.

The service will be available free for the first six months, but by invitation only. It will then be offered for a promotional lifetime price of $7.99 a month, and thereafter, $9.99 a month. Rival streaming-music service Spotify charges $9.99 a month.

In addition to the new subscription service, YouTube also announced new features for users who continue to watch music videos with ads, including the ability to play full albums, which has previously not been possible.

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