YouTube is launching a music service

By Melissa Platero, CCNN Writer

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The YouTube Music Awards are apparently just one of the ways YouTube’s getting serious about the music scene.

For those of you who enjoy free music streaming from the likes of Spotify and Pandora, despite the occasional commercial break, there’s a new piano man in town. YouTube seems to be getting increasingly serious about its music scene, judging by the YouTube Music Awards and now… YouTube music streaming? According to Billboard, yes!

Similar to the business model used by other streaming services, it will reportedly have two versions for users – the free one and the premium option (for those who can’t stand the commercials).

However, don’t start closing the lid on that Pandora’s box or giving a “no thanks” notify to Spotify. We’re not even sure when it’s launching!

That said, we do know it’ll cost around $9.99 a month for the commercial-free version that comes with extra music selections. You’ll also get offline listening and multi-platform abilities with the subscription. For instance, Billboard says that Google Glass might bust out some YouTube music videos if you’re a paying member.

YouTube’s released a mysterious statement in response to the news, like it’s not ready to come out and celebrate just yet. They said, “We’re always working on new and better ways for people to enjoy YouTube content across all screens, and on giving partners more opportunities to reach their fans. However, we have nothing to announce at this time.” Hmm, well Billboard isn’t usually a fibber, so I have to assume YouTube’s just preparing a big coming out party and getting the hype train started early.

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