Google has finally confirmed it will soon be launching a subscribtion-based music streaming service.
In the company's YouTube blog on Wednesday, details of the much-rumored YouTube Music Key came to light. It is currently in beta and packs several premium features such as ad-free, music streaming, full album streams, offline listening, background playback and more.
YouTube has long served its viewers as a free video streaming site on PC and mobile phones. With immense growth in the entertainment space, people are looking for more options. In response to the increasing demand from viewers, YouTube is offering its first ad-free service for t music and promises undisturbed access to full albums.
"Thanks to your music videos, remixes, covers, and more, you've made YouTube the biggest music service on the planet," the company said. "To turn YouTube into your perfect music service, we're launching YouTube Music Key as a beta with our biggest music fans first, and then we'll bring YouTube Music Key to the whole world together."
The reports of YouTube Music Key started emerging a few months ago. Android Police exclusively reported in August that the service will offer various features for $9.99 a month. As rumored, Google confirmed that YouTube Music Key will be available for a monthly subscription of $9.99, which also includes a subscription to Google Play Music.
For a limited time, the service is being offered to select members who will be chosen with an invite. The beta version of the service will be offered for free for just six months and for a limited time, Google will charge $7.99 a month for YouTube Music Key. To request an invite from Google, users can register their interest here and wait for a reply.