YouTube Music Key subscription announced starting at $7.99, included for Music All Access subscribers

YouTube Music Key subscription announced starting at $7.99, included for Music All Access subscribers
We've known for a while that this was on the way, and it has finally been announced. Not quite released just yet, but announced at the very least. It is the fabled YouTube subscription service called "Music Key", which will bring offline music, full albums, and ad-free music playback. The service is starting in beta and will be $7.99 per month for those who subscribe first, and $9.99 once that deal runs out. 

There will be an update to the YouTube app sometime in the coming days, which will bring support for Music Key. Right now, the service is an invite-only beta, but will open up eventually. At the most basic level, Music Key will add a new section to YouTube dedicated to music, and organized to help you find the music that you want, be it full albums, artist discographies, covers, mashups, remixes, and more. There will also be playlists based on your history, or trending music, and integration of the new Songza features that recently appeared in Google Play Music, allowing you to build playlists based on time, mood, or activity. Best of all, the content can either be streamed, or stored locally for offline playback. 

It's unclear how long the $7.99 promotional pricing will last, but those who get in on the beta will get 6 months free to try out the service. The subscription to Music Key will include a subscription to Google Play Music; and, Play Music subscribers will automatically get the YouTube Music Key subscription added as it becomes available.

If you want to sign up for an invite to the Music Key beta, just head to the source.


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19 Comments

1. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

2. SellPhones82

Posts: 569; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Nice! Already pay $7.99 from when Play Music first launched so I'll take more music for the same price.

19. Larry_ThaGr81

Posts: 592; Member since: May 26, 2011

Same here

3. garlic456

Posts: 251; Member since: Dec 24, 2012

Does this play s**tty youtube quality music?

4. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

Ya, that 5.1 audio bitrate at 512 kpbs is just so shitty. People want to listen to youtube ad free with their screens off, get over it.

8. Deaconclgi

Posts: 405; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

I listen to youtube on my phone with my screen off all the time.....and without ads...no app needed or subscription service.

5. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Sweet! I already have All Access (which I adore) so this is a deal and a half for me. Conversely, I can't wait for the Interstellar soundtrack to come out on Tuesday. Since I have All Access, I don't have to pay anything extra to listen to it immediately.

9. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Just watched the film, it was amazing

6. DnB925Art

Posts: 1168; Member since: May 23, 2013

This is great for the customers who missed out on the $7.99 GPMAA promo a while back have another chance to get it again. This is one of those subscription programs that I use a lot and it definitely has paid for itself for my uses.

7. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

Paying to listen to music? I'll pass.

10. wilsong17 unregistered

Is very nice deal with Google music beside I can share the account and make my friend pay while I listen for free

11. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

You mean like what you had to do before the days of Napster and Youtube? Yeah, must have sucked actually paying for others' hard work.

12. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

I've never purchased music and never will.

13. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

"I've never stopped giving the middle finger to the artists that entertain me and I never will." Fixed.

14. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

"I, Sniggly, am very sensitive about this topic. I shall now cry in a corner." Fixed.

15. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

"I, quakan, have a disgusting sense of entitlement to others' work." Fixed.

18. jsobotka

Posts: 54; Member since: Aug 21, 2009

If you are a person who has zero doubt that making music is the thing you are supposed to do with your life, because you really enjoy it and people tell you that you are good at it, but you've chosen to end the rigorous world of endlessly playing gigs in favor of doing a better job raising your family, because you feel that the quality time spent with them is more valuable than the money you would make while being away from them... Yes... you do indeed feel like crying in a corner. For your sake, I hope society never decides that whatever it is you provide to the world should be free.

16. hortizano

Posts: 294; Member since: May 22, 2013

Wait.. does this mean that I can no longer have my Nicky Minaj daily dose for FREE?!?!?!? SAY WHAAAAAAA?????!!?????

17. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

No, you can still listen to all the videos on YouTube for free, but if you want to be able to build playlists, collections, etc ad free you can pay the monthly fee.

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