Going back quite a while now, well into last year, we’ve been hearing about the idea of Google expanding its subscription music services beyond Play Music All Access to bring a subscription component to YouTube. It looked like it might arrive as YouTube Music Pass, and Google’s even played on our awareness of that name to mess with the community a little, but we still had plenty of questions about just how it might work. Now the picture of this service might finally be coming together, as new leaks arrive arm-in-arm with a new name: YouTube Music Key.
Remember those signs pointing to Google renaming All Access? Supposedly, this Music Key branding would also pop up there, and we’d get Google Play Music Key alongside YouTube Music Key. For about ten dollars a month, users would get access to both services, and Google simply might transition existing All Access subscribers to start receiving this new YouTube stuff, as well.
But just what would that entail? Ad-free playback, certainly, as well as eagerly-awaited features like audio-only (screen off) support and offline playback. There could also be a greater variety of “unofficial” content than users find on All Access, including concert footage, as well as intelligent suggestions and playlist curation – certainly nothing that’s a huge departure from what we see on YouTube currently, which may be why Music Key is being packaged as a bundle with the (now) All Access, rather than a stand-alone service.
For the moment, there’s no clear sign of when this all might go live, but Google’s been snatching-up Music Key-related domain names that could suggest it’s starting to get its ducks in a row for a launch.
Source: Android Police