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YouTube launches music streaming service Music Key

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    As we saw in this GIF detailing the music industry’s evolution over the last 30 years, music streaming services are all the rage. Even with Beats Music’ falling sales, various streaming businesses — Spotify, especially — continue to be major go-to hubs for avid fans and casual listeners worldwide. (Heck, even legendary jam band Phish has joined the streaming market.)

    Now, after much teasing — and a few hiccups regarding properly compensating indie labels — YouTube has finally unveiled its own streaming service: Music Key.

    According to Rolling Stone, the ad-free service is set to launch on Monday in a “beta-test mode” for a limited group of people and is expected to officially go public sometime in 2015 at a $10/month subscription rate. With a focus on mobile devices, as opposed to desktop browsers, Music Key will let customers “play music while simultaneously using other apps,” as well as cache music videos for later, offline use.

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    The new service won’t change the actual YouTube site, but it will reportedly affect the way tracks are categorized. Much like Spotify and iTunes, songs will be grouped together by artist and album, making for easier searching capabilities. Music Key will also allow for users to seamlessly switch between it and the Google Play app/download store.

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