YouTube has unveiled a paid music subscription service called YouTube Music Key.
The long-awaited upgrade of its music offerings will feature higher-quality audio and will be free of advertisements, the New York Times reported.
Subscribers can play the songs in the background while using other apps and listen to them offline, the report said.
“We want to give fans more ways to enjoy music on YouTube, but also give artists more opportunities to connect with fans and earn more revenues,” Christophe Muller, YouTube’s music partnerships director, was quoted as saying.
The service will be available in the coming days in the United States, Britain and a handful of other European countries.
It will first be by invitation only and is expected to be offered to all users by next year.
For the first six months, access will be free and then go up to US$7.99 per month. The charge will be US$9.99 for people who are not invited but sign up next year, the report said.
Subscribers also get Google Play Music, the technology giant’s on-demand audio service.
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