YouTube app teardown reveals work towards paid Music Pass premium service

Remember a little over a month ago, when we started hearing about the possibility of YouTube putting together its own streaming music service? The details were pretty sparse, and it wasn’t clear exactly how this might work, but sources were adamant that it was coming. We’re still looking for a few answers, but the picture starts becoming quite a bit more clear, as a teardown on the new YouTube Android APK reveals the early framework this system seems like it will be using.

First, the bad news: you know that feature to keep videos playing in the background, so you can listen to their audio while switching through other apps? Or the one that would let you store videos for offline playback? Those might only be available as part of this paid program. At least, text strings related to the features are found in a file describing YouTube’s efforts to upsell users on this new system, which appears that it will be called Music Pass.

Or, maybe we’re getting ahead of ourselves, and those background listening and offline perks as described here are only talking about them in the context of how they affect Music Pass content, and not regular old videos – like we said, plenty of questions still remain.

Beyond that, there are other signs of progress on that offline mode, including the ability to chose between saving HD and SD versions of content, and warnings about saved videos expiring.

In the end, we really hope Google doesn’t end up making those very worthwhile features paid premiums, but on first glance, that’s pretty much the impression we get.

Source: Android Police

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