After months of rumors, Google today unveiled “YouTube Music Key,” its long-awaited music streaming service. It is currently in beta and you will need an invite to start using it. For now, it will cost users $7.99 per month, with the first six months free, and later it will be raised to $9.99 per month. Also Read - YouTube gets over 10 billion downloads on Google Play store
“Artists and fans have made YouTube the biggest music service in the world,” Christophe Muller, YouTube’s director of global music partnerships said. “We want to continue to make YouTube the best place for artists and fans to connect.” Also Read - Google's offline dinosaur game in new Olympics avatar: Here's how to can play
With a YouTube Music Key subscription, users will get access to ad-free music, background playback on mobile apps, and offline viewing as well, which will let users save music on their devices. The subscription also includes access to over 30 million songs on Google’s Play Music app. Soon YouTube will also add the ability to view an artist’s entire music discography, and an option to play full music albums along with their official music videos. Also Read - How to delete YouTube search history in simple steps
YouTube Music Key will be available in beta in the United States, United Kingdom, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Finland and Ireland. It will be up against the likes of Spotify, which too charges $9.99 per month for its premium service, and Amazon’s Prime Music among others.