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Leaked Screenshots Reveal Upcoming YouTube Music Service

Launch expected soon

Images of Google’s long-awaited YouTube music service have surfaced online, signaling that the launch may not be far behind. The tech blog Android Police got hold of the images, which revealed the name of the service—YouTube Music Key.

The screenshots also provided a glimpse into some of the key features of the music subscription plan. There will be offline playing, an ad-free experience and the ability to listen to YouTube music even after exiting the app. YouTube users have griped about how videos stop playing when they switch to another app or their phone locks.

While there is no official launch date yet from Google, the service is expected to cost $10 per month and will feature a 30-day free trial, much like Google’s other music service, Play Music All Access, which will take on the new name, Google Play Music Key, according to Android Police.

It is also expected that subscribers of Google Play music also will get YouTube music as part of their service once it launches. Google has been building up its musical offerings as have rivals like Apple, which bought Beats Audio. Meanwhile, startups like Spotify and Rhapsody remain key players in the all-you-can-eat music subscription business, which has upended the iTunes model of selling individual tracks.

YouTube has been under the radar but a major force in online music listening, with a deep library of videos, songs, live concert footage and other musical content—all for free. 

A YouTube music subscription service has been expected since the fall, but delays due to negotiations with independent labels and executive shuffles pushed back the launch, according to some reports. 

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