YouTube Music Key Streaming Service Finally Launches – Free & Paid
[UPDATED] The long promised YouTube music service finally launched today. Based on the freemium model. YouTube Music Key comes in two parts. The free version, for now at least, attempts to make sense of the fire hose of music that YouTube already offers by adding a dedicated "Music" tab with playlists. A version adds full access to GooglePlay Music 30 million track catalog and all of the features you'd expect from a $9.99 music serivce plus the addition of video.
YouTube Music – Free
Discovery – At it's core, the free version is about making it easier for the user to find what they want to hear/watch among YouTube's gazillion music videos. Under a new dedicated music tab, users will find dozens of video playlists based on previous music consumption along with categories like Trending, Top Songs By Genre and New This Week. There are also mood based playlists presumably powered by Google owned Sonzga.
Full Albums Free – In the coming days, users will be able to see an artist’s discography, and play a full album with both their official music videos and songs added from YouTube's music partners. That's a new twist for a free music service.
YouTube Music Key – Paid
Launched today in beta, YouTube Music Key, is a monthly subscription service starting with the promotional price of $7.99/month (discounted from $9.99/month) that includes ad free music, background play(important for mobile users) and offline viewing. It also include a subscription to Google Play Music, with 30+ million songs. In the coming days, Google is adding the ability to watch many YouTube official music videos within the Google Play Music app.
6 Months Free & Beta Invites
Details on how to beta invites are being handed out are unclear. "We’re launching YouTube Music Key as a beta with our biggest music fans first, and then we’ll bring YouTube Music Key to the whole world together. So, if you see an invite in your app or email, try it out for six months for free."
You can also sign up for an invite here.