YouTube’s Plan for Music Becoming More Clear

The biggest online source for music in this arm of the Milky Way is YouTube.  Add together all the other services and you have only a fraction of YouTube’s reach.  Google–YouTube’s overlords–know this.  How can they capitalize on the situation?  How can YouTube, Google Play Music and Songza, their newest acquisition, all play nice together?

According to a site called Android Police, a new service called YouTube Music will soon launch.  At the same time, Google Play Music All Access will be rebranded as Google Play Music Key.  For $9.999 a month, YouTube Music Key will offering streaming that also includes Google Play Music Key.  Over 20 million songs will be available for ad-free online and offline listening.  If you’re online–i.e. tethered with a data connection–subscribers will apparently have a choice of switching between audio-only and vide0-accompanied music.

YouTube Music Key

No date has been mentioned, but from the looks of things, we should hear more very soon.  Oh, and there’s no mention of where Songza fits into all these, but there are obviously plans afoot.  (Full disclosure:  I work for Songza, but I don’t know anything.  I’m learning about things just like you are.)

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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