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YouTube Music Streaming Service Launches in Beta (SocialTimes)
YouTube music has faced some challenges lately; the company lost its product manager over the summer and had disagreements with indie music labels. While news of its music offering leaked in August, Google didn’t want to launch the new service until it reached a deal with indie labels. In a bid to compete with streaming services like Pandora and Spotify, Google is finally rolling out YouTube Music Key in invitation-only beta. Re/code The company is overhauling the free version of its Android app, and next week it’ll start inviting some of its users to try a new subscription feature, which it’s building into its Android and iOS apps. GigaOM For early adopters, it will cost $7.99 per month with the first six months free, and eventually it will cost $9.99 per month, the same price as Spotify Premium. YouTube Music Key’s banner feature is that it gives subscribers the ability to listen to music without ads, as well as run YouTube as a background app on mobile devices, allowing users to listen to YouTube videos while playing a game or locking their home screen. THR With the monthly fee, users also receive access to a Google Play Music subscription, which offers more than 30 million songs and playlists for streaming. Beginning Wednesday, YouTube is also rolling out new music features for free, ad-supported music video viewing. YouTube also plans to make it easier to find an artist’s discography through their official music videos and other songs uploaded to the streamer, so a user can play a full album straight through. NYT With its new service, YouTube hopes to reform its reputation in the music industry as a phenomenal free site to promote songs, but one that pays a pittance in royalties. As YouTube pushes into paid content, other online music outlets — under considerable pressure from the recording industry — are being forced to defend or change their business models to better compensate artists.

FNC Navy SEAL Special Tops With Viewers (TVNewser)
Fox News Channel’s debut of The Man Who Killed Usama Bin Laden was the most-watched show on Fox News in the adults 25-45 demo, and second-most watched (behind O’Reilly) in total viewers for all of Tuesday. THR / The Live Feed Per Nielsen Media Research, it netted 2.7 million viewers at 10 p.m. — 532,000 of them adults 25-54. It ranked as the biggest cable news showing in the key demo for the entire day. Needless to say, those numbers bested its competition (CNN and MSNBC). Deadline Hollywood That’s the network’s most-watched 10 p.m. hour in 2014, excluding its State of the Union Address coverage and midterm election night. Variety Compared with the network’s fourth quarter average to date, the special provided Fox News with time-period improvement of 77 percent in adults 25-54 and 88 percent in total viewers. The first part of the special, hosted by Peter Doocy, featured an exclusive interview with Navy SEAL Robert O’Neill, who pulled the trigger in the mission at bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan in 2011.

Fox News Reevaluating Huckabee Amid Report of Possible 2016 Bid (Politico / Dylan Byers on Media)
Fox News is reevaluating Mike Huckabee’s status with the network following a new report that he is eyeing a 2016 presidential bid. The Washington Post Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor who turned his stunning victory in the 2008 Iowa caucuses into a thriving talk show career, is reconnecting with activists and enlisting staff to position himself in a growing field of potential Republican presidential candidates. This week, Huckabee is leading more than 100 pastors and GOP insiders from early primary states on a 10-day overseas trip with stops in Poland and England. CNN On Wednesday, Fox News executive vice president of programming Bill Shine indicated that a decision might be made soon. “We are taking a serious look at governor Huckabee’s recent activity in the political arena and are evaluating his current status,” Shine said in a statement. “We plan on meeting with him when he returns from his trip overseas.” Mediaite Last week, Fox cut ties with Dr. Ben Carson after he made his presidential ambitions abundantly clear.