YouTube is reportedly launching a paid music streaming service in March

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As music streaming services such as Spotify and Apple Music become ever more popular, YouTube is once again getting ready to launch a new version of its own. Citing people familiar with the matter, Bloomberg writes that the upcoming paid service, which may be called Remix, is set to launch in March.

While Remix will primarily be about on-demand music streaming, it could also feature elements from YouTube such as video clips. Earlier this year, Google said it was looking to streamline its multiple services by combining YouTube Red, its video subscription service, and Google Play Music into a single offering.

Google has tried to crack the music streaming business on several previous occasions. Google Play Music launched in 2011 but still isn’t as popular as its rivals. There was also Music Key in 2014, which came with ad-free music videos and songs for $10 per month; this eventually became YouTube Red in 2015 and expanded to include original video content.

Although Warner Music Group, one of the three biggest music publishers, has reportedly already signed on, YouTube is still in talks with Sony Music Entertainment and Universal Music Group, as well as Merlin, a consortium of independent labels, all of which need to get onboard.

Musicians and industry execs have long spoken out against YouTube and complained that the service simply doesn’t pay enough for hosting their videos, especially as so many people use the site solely to listen to music. Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor said it was built on the back of stolen content.

Remix will have some way to go to catch up with Apple Music and Spotify, the later of which has over 60 million paying subscribers. To try and steal some customers, YouTube might undercut its rivals’ by offering a basic plan for less than $10 per month.

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Kibaruk

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This sounds a lot like Hangouts and all the attempts that google has been doing for chat based communication.

I tried getting into Google Music after having an issue with Spotify, my appreciation on the topic is that Google music even when it is a huge company, it falls short on so many things, from the polished client to the extremely basic playlists and top charts. I'm also a Prime user so I have Amazon Music as well but it's even worse (And I get it for "free").

To me, the most important part is the polished client that Spotify has, the user experience and the curated playlists.
 
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BrandonB

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I actually am a google play subscriber and I honestly like how it is at the moment. I am able to stream it or save music locally to my phone same as with other subscriptions and when I am at work I stream some classical music in the background to help me focus through the web client. and for the price it really isn't bad. It does everything I want for my music.

I will be interested to see how this change will affect me as a google play user. Hopefully for the better for the same price
 

Sum Guy

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I tried to use youtube for my music list not long ago, and you have to keep the screen on to listen to music or pay. I uninstalled the app. I already get ads, so why lock the ability to turn the screen off. I guess they forget there are dozen of other ad supported streaming services out there that let me turn the screen off to listen to music.

I used to love google, but they are turning into greedy little trolls.