Google remixes music on YouTube with addition of subscription service, redesigned look

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Google is remixing the music on its YouTube video site with the addition of an ad-free subscription service and a new format designed to make it easier to find millions of songs that can still be played for free.

The overhaul announced Wednesday includes "Music Key," a subscription service that has been speculated about for months while Google Inc. wrangled over the licensing terms with recording labels. After a promotional period, Music Key will cost $10 per month.

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YouTube also is unveiling a new tab devoted exclusively to music on its mobile apps and website. This option is meant to make it easier to find specific songs or entire albums, even without a subscription.

Music Key initially will be offered on an invitation-only basis beginning next week.



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