After months of rumors and teases, YouTube has officially announced their music subscription service, a project that has been in the making for over a year. Google made the announcement Wednesday, calling the service ‘YouTube Music Key.’ The new monthly subscription service will allow users to stream ad-free music and save it for offline consumption, all for one monthly fee. You can also play music in the background while using other apps, more details on that will be released over the next few weeks.
Google will extend invites to Music Key beginning on Nov. 17, the chosen users will be given free access to the service’s beta version for six months; starting from their enroll date. Music Key itself will cost $9.99 per month, after a $7.99 early-adopters promotions ends at launch.
“Thanks to your music videos, remixes, covers, and more, you’ve made YouTube the biggest music service on the planet,” the company wrote in a blog post. “To turn YouTube into your perfect music service, we’re launching YouTube Music Key as a beta with our biggest music fans first, and then we’ll bring YouTube Music Key to the whole world together.”
Youtube also released a new music-center, accessible center straight from the home screen on the YouTube apps and the official website to make browsing for artists or finding new music easier than ever.