Do you love services like Spotify and Pandora, but wish you had access to a larger selection of music? In 2015, your wishes will be granted with YouTube’s newest development, Music Key. A beta version was released on Monday to a select, lucky few. However, you can sign up to be notified when the date is revealed for the public version at https://www.youtube.com/musickey.
This ad-free service, priced at $10 per month, will focus on mobile devices. It will allow consumers to play music while using other apps or streaming videos concurrently. The subscription will also feature a component that allows the user to download music for offline enjoyment.
Due to its sheer size, many speculate that Music Key will at least rival, if not overthrow, its competition in 2015. With MTV no longer showing music videos on its channel, the vast majority have turned to YouTube for this purpose. One thing can be said for sure: CDs are quickly becoming a thing of the past, found less and less in stores. As even the hugely popular iTunes begins to notice a fall in sales, the future appears to be filled with music streaming. The question is: will Music Key become the new leading music service?