Want to find a song? It’s probably on YouTube… but you might have to watch an ad before you can stream it, or put up with the occasional take-down notice when a song is uploaded without permission from the artist (or record label).
Now there’s a new way to stream music from YouTube. Google is launching YouTube Music Key beta, a subscription-based service that lets you stream millions of songs, ad-free.
YouTube Music Key also lets you download music so you can listen when you’re offline.
You can access the new service in a web browser, but if you use the YouTube apps for Android and iOS, you also now get to keep listening to music even when the screen is off or the app is running in the background.
YouTube Music Key is officially priced at $9.99 per month, but Google’s offering a promotional price of $7.99 per month for folks who sign up early. That price also includes a subscription to Google Play Music All Access, which means you can stream tunes without watching the videos and access the recently-launched curated playlist features.
It also means that if you’re currently a Play Music All Access subscriber, canceling your subscription and signing up for YouTube Music Key might actually save you $2 per month.
YouTube Music Key is currently in beta and you’ll have to request an invitation before you can start using the service — although The Verge notes that Play Music subscribers will be able to start using the beta immediately (I guess that’s one reason not to cancel your subscription).