YouTube Announces 'YouTube Music Key' Subscription Streaming Service for $7.99 Per Month

YouTube today announced a new subscription streaming service, YouTube Music Key, which is currently in beta. The service offers up ad-free music on YouTube, along with background play and offline viewing.

Priced at $7.99 (discounted from $9.99), YouTube Music Key also includes a subscription to Google's Spotify competitor, Google Play Music (formerly Google Play All Access), which includes more than 30 million songs and will feature the ability to watch official YouTube videos directly within the app.


Some streaming music services, like Spotify, offer a limited number of music videos, but ad-free access to high-quality popular videos is a feature that will be unique to YouTube Music Key and its sister service, Google Play Music.

Alongside YouTube Music Key, the YouTube apps for iOS and Android and YouTube.com have been updated with a new section dedicated to music videos, which provides recommended mood-based playlists and features trending music. The new focus on music will also highlight full-length albums and artist pages.

YouTube Music Key is currently in beta, with access going to the company's "biggest music fans" first before seeing a wider worldwide launch. YouTube users who receive an invite to the Music Key beta will receive six months of access for free. Customers who sign up for Google Play Music will get immediate access to the YouTube Music Key beta.

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68 months ago
I don't see any reason why I would be paying for this.
Rating: 19 Votes
68 months ago
Another music streaming service that you have to pay for? Really? How many of these do we need? This seems pointless.
Rating: 17 Votes
68 months ago
$7.99 for the ability to listen to low-quality music files?
lol
Rating: 12 Votes
68 months ago
What does the 'key' mean?

If the app still doesn't play music in the background or when you sleep your phone then... lame.

Their website boldly states 'Background listening' as a key feature.
Rating: 12 Votes
68 months ago
Why would I spend $8 per month when it is so easy to use adblock and download youtube content already? This is a bad move by Google.
Rating: 11 Votes
68 months ago
I haven't had the desire to watch music videos since the late 90s. I don't see myself paying to do so in 2014.
Rating: 10 Votes
68 months ago
I'm gonna stick with free YouTube for now. There are only so many streaming services I'm willing to pay for at one given time.
Rating: 8 Votes
68 months ago

Why would I spend $8 per month when it is so easy to use adblock and download youtube content already? This is a bad move by Google.


You also get Google All Access Music.
That alone turned me from a pirate to someone how pays for music again.
Rating: 7 Votes
68 months ago
So now instead of people watching and ripping pirated music videos, they can pay $7.99/mo to watch and rip music from legimately posted videos (I'm too cynical today). Well, maybe if they are watching the legimate ones under subscription it is a good thing: the artists and support staff get some compensation.
Rating: 7 Votes
68 months ago
Wait, so this is why I can't minimise the YouTube app while a song is playing? They want me to pay $7.99 for that privilege?

I'll stick to the various YouTube downloaders and store the music locally.
Rating: 5 Votes

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