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We have to distinguish between the original, free version of YouTube -- which was extremely useful for artists -- and the next and very different version, YouTube Music Key.

YouTube Music Key requires artists to sign away all their rights to Google, meaning that artists no longer are allowed to make exclusive iTunes releases, for instance.

According to the leaked contract, the artist's complete catalogue will be available for free on YouTube Music Key on release day for online *and* offline streaming, rendering iTunes sales obsolete.

Clyde Smith

YouTube Music Key is not the next version of YouTube but a separate service as I understand it.

Of course each will affect the other which is another reason that recognizing and addressing all the fronts in the struggle is key to victory.

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