YouTube Music Key Screenshots Leaked…

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Last month, we reported that Google was reserving URLs related to the name “YouTube Music Key. This seemed to be the name of YouTube’s upcoming streaming service, and some recently leaked screenshots confirm this. Android Police have posted a slew of YouTube Music Key screenshots. For $9.99 a month, users can watch music videos offline or play them in audio-only mode, without ads. Over 20 million tracks are available, including live videos, covers, and remixes.

+91% of Music Fans Sample a Song on YouTube Before Buying It…

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YouTube Music Key exists separately from Google Play All Access, which is being renamed Google Play Music Key. Is Google going out of their way to pick the most terrible names possible? However, for the $9.99-a-month price tag you get a subscription to both YouTube Music Key and Google Play Music Key. Google has declined comment.


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25 Responses

  1. Anonymous

    “YouTube’s upcoming streaming service”

    Except it’s not a streaming service — it’s the world’s first free music store: Sign up for a free month and download all the music you want.

    It’s not Spotify in the crosshairs. It’s iTunes. With, there’s no need for you to ever pay for a single or an album anymore.

    And should you ever wish to add a few hundred albums, you just pay $10; download the content and cancel your subscription. Cheapest way to buy all your favorite music.

    Google finally made its own Pirate Bay.

    • ZB

      I assume that to access your “downloaded” music you will need to remain a subscriber, similar to how you can DL your music to the Spotify app on your phone, so you can listen when you don’t have a data connection. I’m sure their smart enough to implement this.

      • Anonymous

        “I assume that to access your “downloaded” music you will need to remain a subscriber”

        So you also assume that Google is lying here:

        “Whatever you find, Music Key lets you collect the videos for playback any time, without an Internet connection.”

        Bear in mind that false advertising can be very expensive…

        • Nina Ulloa

          any time as long as you are a subscriber…that’s how these services work.

          • Anonymous

            No, any time means any time… thats’ how this language works.

          • Anonymous

            And how much is the artist paid each time the customer plays the downloaded copy? The normal fee? Or is the artists only paid once, for one stream, no matter how often the customer streams the downloaded track?

            This would mean that the next version of YouTube only pays the artist 1/20 of what it pays today, if we assume that the average subscriber plays a downloaded song 20 times.

  2. definately not all, Larry...

    The screenshot says:

    “Experience all the world’s music”

    Is it legal to say such a lie in public in order to promote a service?

    • Anonymous

      It’s getting worse:

      When launches, ContentID will no longer be available to artists unless they sign with Google.

      This means that illegal videos no longer will be blocked at the door. And here’s the kicker: Google now actively encourages customers to download everything they find on the service — including the criminal content that Google no longer is blocking.

      In Google’s own words:

      Whatever you find, Music Key lets you collect the videos for playback any time, without an Internet connection.”

      So that’s a mega lawsuit waiting to happen.

  3. For The Lucky Artists Who Still Own Their Music:


    You will never sell a song again if you sign Google’s new YouTube contract! Your entire catalogue will be available not only as streaming, but as free download as well on YouTube on release day!

    From Google’s infamous YouTube contract:

    “Catalogue Commitment and Monetization. It is understood that as of the Effective Date and throughout the Term, Provider’s entire catalogue of Provider Sound Recordings and Provider Music Videos (including Provider Music Videos delivered via a third party) will be available for the Premium and Free Services for use in connection with each type of Relevant Content, (excluding AudioSwap Recordings, which will be at Provider’s option) and set to a default policy of Monetize for both the Premium and Free Services, except as otherwise set forth in this Agreement. Further, Provider will provide Google with the same Provider Sound Recordings and Provider Music Videos on the same day as it provides such content to any other similarly situated partners. The foregoing will be subject to reasonable quantity of limited-time exclusive promotional offers (in each case, with a single third party partner) (“Limited Exclusives”), as long as a) Provider provides Google with comparable exclusive promotional offers and b) the quantity and duration of such Limited Exclusives do not frustrate the intent of this Agreement.”

      • Anonymous

        No, Google’s new contract is certainly not funny. It’s tragic. Why would anybody buy a song when she can get it for free from YouTube on release day?

        And yes, download sales are officially over you sign with Google.

        But the good news is that thousands of artists still have a choice.

  4. Tom Oswald

    And this is why Videscape was launched, 18 days in and had over 20,000 page views by over 5,000 visitors. Monday a whole new landing page comes in with 16:9 videos, end of this month our youtube importer and Content creator payment systems come in, and by Christmas 18 more major features will be brought in

    • Anonymous

      “a whole new landing page comes in with 16:9 videos”

      Great to hear, that’s absolutely essential.

      You really need to reconsider the text overlays on the thumbnails, too. Not only because it’s difficult to read, but because video guys are as obsessive about composition as their musician friends, and they don’t want their work covered in text (or cut off at top & bottom, as is the case until you launch 16:9…).

      I’m not saying this to annoy you, I seriously want you to succeed — for my own sake 🙂 — but I know what makes these people tick, and if you really need to change the looks of their images instead of placing the text above or below where it should be, you have to do it in a more aesthetically pleasing way, such as the “vevo” logo, for instance. Not that I’m a fan of that, not even close, but red and white always works…

      Oh, and if I were you I wouldn’t primarily cater for indies (that’s the impression I got from reading some of your material) — what you need is a major artist to break the ice! Launch one hit, and you’ll have 100 times more pages views in 24 hours.

      AND you have to stop charging for HD videos! That’s a huge turn-off and a total no-no. Google is opening the doors for 4k, so this is not exactly the time for you to close them for HD. If you can’t afford to do it for free, you need somebody to invest in you (and they’ll show up soon enough if you do this right — especially if you get a few major acts on board).

      • Tom Oswald

        Hi there,

        Thanks for your comments, the writing has been taken off the videos and placed underneath, the aspect ratio has been changed as well as the menu bar. Basically it’s an entirely new landing page far from the existing one

        We actually don’t charge for HD videos that is a copy error I hadn’t seen and will get changed ASAP

        We aren’t specifically aiming for indie however it held to populate the platform and bring users in (5,000+) at time of writing

      • Anonymous

        I think most artists will be reluctant to use a new, small video service. The old, free version of YouTube has one billion visitors every month.

        But here’s a way for everybody to use VidEscape — as soon as it’s out of beta — without losing any traffic:

        Just embed it on you social media sites!

        Your fans won’t care whether you have a VidEscape or a YouTube Music Key video on your Facebook — they’ll just watch it if they’re interested. So you won’t lose any customers.

        And VidEscape claims to pay more than YouTube (I’d still like to see documentation for that, though), so this is an easy and safe way to get more money for your work while keeping all your rights — without signing with Google.

        I really think this could be big.

        • Anonymous

          “Your fans won’t care whether you have a VidEscape or a YouTube Music Key video on your Facebook — they’ll just watch it if they’re interested.”

          Except, of course, you can’t embed a YouTube Music Key video on your Facebook in the first place. 🙂 YouTube Music Key videos (my god, what a name) will be hidden behind a pay wall, so they can’t go viral anymore.

          • Tom Oswald

            For those of you who are following my posts, last week i promised a new front end for yesterday, unfortunately, i forgot that Monday was a bank holiday (lost track of holidays years ago!) so we are expecting it all to be in action Thursday afternoon assuming that there are no issues

  5. Google's usual nonsense

    Is it just me or does the “Ad-free music” thing was designed so that the casual user translates it to “free music”?

    • Anonymous

      I get what you mean, it sounds like pure SEO — but if Google were that conscious about words, they wouldn’t build their entire enterprise around a url with ‘sick’ and ‘sickey’ in it:

      You just don’t do that. 🙂

      • Anonymous

        …and that’s an epic example of the problems tech guys face when they refuse to pay for content (in this case a name).

  6. so pathetic

    It is very amusing that Google has so much money (billions!) and can’t understand the need to hire a few artists to give the company a serious perspective and vision for the future.

  7. Anonymous

    Village Voice has an article about YouTube Music Key today:

    this YouTube we once knew is slowly vanishing […]

    Regrettably, YouTube — former home of the Internet free-for-all — appears to be becoming more and more like a regular old TV set […]

    Thankfully, there are other options online for independent artists to get their music out to fans.

    Village Voice today