YouTube subscription music imminent

noelgallagherYouTube is expected to launch a new subscription music service by the end of this year, competing with the likes of Spotify and other streaming music firms.

YouTube’s new service will be “designed with mobile listening in mind” according to Billboard, which also reports there will be two tiers, with users able to choose between free and ad-supported, or a $10-a-month premium version with no ads and the ability to store songs for offline listening.

It suggests that Google signed most of the necessary licensing deals with music labels and publishers while negotiating agreements for its separate Google Play Music All Access streaming service, which launched earlier in 2013.

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