YouTube is already one of the most popular ways to listen to music online, and now the company may introduce its own music streaming service with both off and online options. Billboard reports the Google-owned company is close to launching a new service, which would compete with Spotify, Rdio and even Google Play Music All Access.
The alleged on-demand music service would be geared towards mobile use, and offer a free tier that lets you select songs from a large catalog of tracks, in addition to music videos supported by advertisements. A paid version of the service, which will cost $10 per month, will reportedly remove ads and offer the ability to save music offline on your device. The company recently announced it will introduce the ability to save videos for offline viewing starting in November, though we expect this will be a free feature.
Billboard suggests the new service will be introduced alongside a redesigned mobile YouTube app, offering a simplified design and access to both streaming music and videos. When contacted for a statement, the company said, “We have nothing to announce at this time.” It sounds like the video-sharing site may have something to share in the near future, but we won’t know anything for sure until either YouTube or Google make an official statement.