Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) long-rumored YouTube music service may be closer to launching than ever, as screenshots were leaked on the Android Police website.
YouTube Music Key, as it will be called, will stream more than 20 million songs and will offer ad-free and offline playback for songs and videos. The interface will also include an audio-only mode for background listening, reported Android Police.
Complete albums, organized into artist discographies, are specifically set up for Music Key.
Unlike competitors such as Spotify, Google's video service claims it will offer original content such as concert footage, cover songs and remixes. It will, like similar music offerings, make suggestions of what to listen to based on what's previously been played.
Google will offer a free trial for 30 days, after which customers will need to pay $9.99 a month. The device is expected to tie-in with Google's existing Play Music All Access streaming service, which will be rebranded as Google Play Music Key.
Customers will be able to access the website on a desktop, smartphone, tablet or Google's Chromecast streaming media stick.
Google is picking a perfect time to launch the service with YouTube, which was recently named the No. 3 brand for consumer perception in the first half of 2014. Several retailers, such as Macy's, have already partnered with the streaming video service to create omnichannel campaigns that target millennials.
Google has already acquired the domain YouTubeMusicKey.com
-See this Android Police article
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