Google will soon improve some YouTube services, according to Android Police. Avid music lovers will have yet another streaming service aiming to get their attention. So YouTube will soon launch a new service named YouTube Music Key. For a change, Google Play All Music will become Google Play Music Key.
Amazon entered the music streaming race as well. In the beginning of the summer, Amazon announced a streaming service available for its Prime customers.
YouTube Music Key will be offered as a subscription service. For around $10 per month, users will be able to enjoy a decent musical database. YouTube offers “over 20 million high-quality tracks – complete albums, organized into artist discographies”, according to the description. Through YouTube Music Key, users will have access to ad-free music, audio-only playback, as well as offline playback.
The fee is set for $10 a month, but everyone will have access to a 30-day free trial offer. For the monthly fee, both services, YouTube Music Key and Google Play Music Key, will be included, Android Police explains.
Boldly speaking, Youtube democratized access to music, despite the recurrent take-downs of various videos to copyrights claims. However, the recent trend acknowledges the movement from the initial boom. With so much information available, new selection services appeared. Beats Music is just one of the many other streaming services offering curated playlists. Nevertheless, what sets it apart is the fact that humans prepare the playlists, while many similar services rely on specialized algorithms to achieve the end result.
YouTube Music Key may discriminate independent artists
If YouTube will indeed offer the specialized streaming service, which is very likely, it will probably come in a pack with other measures. For users to be interested in paying a $10 monthly subscription, the company may attempt to take down any copies of the selected YouTube Music Key songs from the regular YouTube.
Adele is among the artists who are not in a clear relation with record labels and YouTube, so her videos might not be featured in the new music streaming service. Independent artists might suffer as well, because they are treated unfairly, Rich Bengloff, president of the American Association of Independent Music, states according to the Daily Mail.
If Google’s YouTube decides to treat independent artists in a precarious manner, music lovers will probably find other ways of listening to their favorite music, as well as discovering new sounds. So YouTube Music Key might end up being a risky bet.