Why bother going to two separate sites for music and video services when you can get them in a two-for-one deal? That might be what Google's conjuring up for YouTube.
According to an exclusive report by Android Police, Google has big plans to turn YouTube into a better place to listen to music. It’s called YouTube Music Key, and it offers ad-free music, audio-only playback, and offline playback. It’ll start at $9.99 a month—which is how much Google Play Music All Access costs now—and new users will be able to try it free for 30 days. That same ten bucks would give you a subscription to Play Music All Access, which would be renamed Google Play Music Key.
YouTube Music Key is said offer the entire discography of your favorite artists, as well as concert footage, covers, and remixes. The library should be even bigger than what Google Play Music offers now.
These rumors fall in tandem with the recent rumblings regarding YouTube’s potential subscription music playback service, and its abilities to play audio offline and in the background. There's also evidence that Google already sealed the deal on the domain YouTubeMusicKey.com.
There’s no word on when the service is set to launch, but maybe Mountain View is waiting for the official unveiling of Android L to make this live.
There's a large group of music fans who already use YouTube as a means of listening to music, paying no attention whatsoever to the video itself (which is often just a static picture or album cove art). This could be a very savvy move to monetize this sizable market while providing better service, but there are a lot of legal hoops to jump through on the licensing end before YouTube Music Key can open its doors to the public.