YouTube Preps Spotify Rival
Free and paid versions of subscription music service planned
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Oct 24, 2013 2:34 AM CDT
YouTube is set to release its own subscription music service.   (Google Store)

(Newser) – Spotify will soon have a new rival in the subscription-music game—and the competition has video. YouTube is readying a subscription service of its own, insiders tell Billboard. It's set to include both free and paid versions. The free one will probably offer unlimited listening, even on mobile devices, with ads. The paid version may cost around $10 a month and allow users to ditch ads and save music to listen offline.

The service may also make it possible to stream entire albums. The main goal here, Billboard notes, is to attract a bigger mobile audience for advertising purposes; a mobile app redesign may arrive at the same time. Exactly when isn't quite clear yet, though YouTube has hinted at a possible release this year. The site already has access to a sizable catalog of music thanks to parent company Google's deals with record labels.

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Oct 24, 2013 8:39 PM CDT
What i truly HATE is how they just couldn't resist the temptation of having damn commercials before each video starts! Greed of making money won out over pleasing the viewers! (Sound familiar, Newser?!)
Oct 24, 2013 7:19 AM CDT
I go to YouTube all the time to listen to music. I just know this is the building block to ending that. As soon as they source the music on their site for a for-profit service there's no reason they would offer it for free. Now I know why they designed the mobile app to not be able to play playlists or play while phone is locked.
Oct 24, 2013 4:57 AM CDT
I go to You Tube for all my music.