Paid option could offer offline listening and no advertisements

In a somewhat puzzling bit of news, rumor has it that YouTube will launch its own subscription music service. According to sources of Billboard, YouTube is planning a two-tiered subscription music service that builds on the music label deals Google secured for Google Play Music All Access. Sources claim that a YouTube music service would have a free, unlimited tier that offered on-demand access to full music videos — on the web and mobile — and a paid tier with no ads and some sort of offline listening.

While YouTube naturally declined to comment on its plans, we're a tad confused as to why Google would release a music subscription service from its YouTube brand when it already offers a great service in Google Play Music All Access. YouTube is currently a huge destination for music videos, so it will be interesting to see how Google leverages that mind share into a potential subscription service going forward.

Source: Billboard

There are 27 comments

radgatt says:

This makes no sense to me either. I guess we will have to wait on official word to really have an opinion of how this will work out for the consumer.

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M3wThr33 says:

I... what... huh!?

brendilon says:

That about sums it up. Is it April 1???

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Gekko says:

i hope audio quality gets better.

NoNexus says:

Yeah why would take away from Music? Kinda weird

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kentrol72 says:

Dang.....I'm going to start a music service....

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annedev says:

I guess it is a good way out to the huge copyright claims youtube gets.

Jonneh says:

Not getting it here either in relevance to Google's already owning their own music service.

arjen82 says:

What if it is part of the All Access package? Not only the music, but also the video clips?

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panda_mode says:

That would be fantastic, but I doubt they will do that.

arjen82 says:

Could be a marketing tool to enhance visibility of the service

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Connor Mason says:

All Access makes YouTube ad-free? Sounds like a good deal to me

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TheIowaKid says:

People keep saying, "but they already have Google Music All Access!?!?"......yes, they do. For Android devices. This could essentially get all those teens that use YouTube on their iPad of iPhone.

arjen82 says:

Google already working on an All Access app for iOS. See also

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cubskru says:

If this has free ad based mobile listening I'd be the happiest person Alive :)

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dancing-bass says:

Just hope this works better in Canada then Google Music does.... Oh wait, Google Music doesn't work here! (well the player does, but not the subscription service)

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brendilon says:

Fat chance.

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Wayne173 says:

If Google were smart....which most of the time they are....they would bundle this with they Play Music All Play. Charge an extra fee for play videos of the music in your library and access Youtube music.

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TriBeard92 says:

What phone is that? lol.

looks like one with kit kat lol

iammatt1936 says:

I came here to post exactly that question. I still don't have an answer. Looks damn good, whatever it is.

Well, i think they will give it with music all access (or maybe raise the subcription a little) because having them separated makes no sense.

But then again...having Quick Office and Google drive still separated after years of owning it also makes no sense.

Google. Smh. "Google Play Music All Access" is all I need.

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dchawk81 says:

I can understand why. Streaming music != music videos.

If the report is true it's because Google wants to be the next MTV/VH1/CMT etc.

Dave Clark says:

Google owns YouTube and Google already has a music subscription service? Is this just another way to bring in the money?

SoCGHOST says:

I could see this working, follow with me on this, its basically like having MTV when they used to play videos with no commercials. If you can stream any video with no ads or commercials I could see a few people wanting this... Still, it would compete with All Access.

Wrex Geek says:

I'm okay with it as long as there's no ads.

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