In case you missed the news last week, YouTube has finally released its long-awaited music streaming service. Dubbed Music Key Beta, the service allows users to listen to music videos on YouTube without any ads, and also adds background listening and offline playback to the YouTube app on Android. (Previously, users couldn’t download YouTube music videos at all – there was a flaky cache system that YouTube used, which didn’t work most of the time. Additionally, when minimizing the YouTube app, videos would stop playing.)
This is awesome, but what about users who already subscribe to Google’s other music streaming service, Google Play Music All Access?
As it turns out, some All Access subscribers have received emails letting them know that they will automatically get access to Music Key as early as next week:
Starting next week, as a Google Play Music subscriber, you’ll get free and complete access to the YouTube Music Key beta, a new service from YouTube where you can watch ad-free music videos, and keep the music playing in the background or when you’re offline. The Google Play Music app will also include ad-free music videos alongside select tracks. Stay tuned for more information.
This is great news for existing All Access subscribers, especially those who got in early for only $7.99/month – essentially, Google is adding ad-free music videos to the experience, so users are getting more for the same price. These new features might also cause dedicated Spotify or Rdio subscribers to take a second look at Google, too.
Music Key Beta is by invite only at the moment, and costs $7.99/month. It is expected to jump to $9.99/month for new subscriptions once the beta period is over.[9 to 5 Google]