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YouTube’s paid service Music Key is Spotify for music videos and it only costs $8

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Spotify made paying for unlimited music popular. Now YouTube hopes to do the same for music videos with its new service Music Key. The idea is to get people paying to watch music videos instead of stream them for free. Currently, Music Key is an invite-only beta and those who sign up to test the service will have access to the service for six months at no cost, before they have to fork over $8 a month. YouTube added that the final price will be $10 a month, but it hopes to get more users on the bandwagon by offering a lower introductory price.

YouTube plans to convert its millions of users to the premium subscription service by offering a bunch of goodies that will make many music streaming fans excited. Those who subscribe to Music key will have access to the 30 million tracks in the Google Play Music library, ad-free music videos, background playback, and offline caching, so that you can view videos and listen to music even when your Internet connection cuts out.

With Music Key, you’ll also be able to listen to entire albums in high-quality audio from the YouTube app. There will also be playlists available for your listening pleasure that are organized by theme and artist. YouTube will also give you recommendations based on your listening history to help you find new artists you might enjoy.

Most of the same features will be available to normal YouTube users, but they’ll have to deal with ads. YouTube is hoping that offline playback and the end of ads will be enough to convince people to pay for Music Key. After all, if it worked for Spotify, why not for YouTube? YouTube says its offering invites to its biggest music fans and creators, but that anyone who’s interested in testing out the beta can sign up on the new, Music Key website.

The decision to add a paid subscription service to YouTube seems to have been in the works for at least a year. Earlier reports mentioned that YouTube was mulling the idea over and signing deals with record labels to make it work. Indie artists put up a fight for a time, but it seems that they caved recently, giving YouTube full authority to push ahead with its plans.

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