YouTube has officially announced their new subscription-based streaming service, and it's called YouTube Music Key. The service will launch during an invite-only beta next week.

YouTube Music Key will allow users to listen to music without pesky advertisements. Also, you will be able to listen to videos even if you lock your phone screen or start using another app. A YouTube Music Key membership will provide you with a subscription to Google Play Music as well, which features more than 30 million songs. A monthly subscription will start at a promotional price of $7.99/month, but it will eventually bump up to its normal price of $9.99/month. YouTube has also sent free six-month trial subscriptions to the "biggest music fans." We're not sure how they decided who the biggest music fans are, but keep an eye on your email inbox just in case you're one of the lucky chosen ones.

Additonally, YouTube is changing the way music shows up on their app. Their blog post says, "Starting today, you’ll see a new home just for music on your YouTube app for Android, iOS and on YouTube.com that shows your favorite music videos, recommended music playlists based on what you’re into and playlists of trending music across YouTube."




Also, YouTube is making it easier to navigate through an artist's discography. This will make it easier to listen to full albums.

YouTube also released a video to accompany their announcement. 

We're interested to see if YouTube Music Key gains traction among fans. It has a lot of established competitors, but none of Music Key's competitors have the audience that YouTube possesses.

To be one of the first Music Key users, click here.

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