YouTube to Launch Music Subscription Service in March 2018

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    Apple's streaming music service will soon face another major competitor, as YouTube prepares to launch a paid music service in March of 2018, reports Bloomberg.

    YouTube has already inked a deal with Warner Music Group and is in talks with Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group, and Merlin, a group of independent labels. The service will allow YouTube to better compete with Spotify and Apple Music, and it will provide more revenue to music labels that have been pushing for more money from the video site.

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    YouTube is referring to its new service as "Remix" internally, and it is said to include Spotify-style on-demand streaming along with YouTube-only elements like video clips. YouTube has already been contacting artists for help promoting the service.

    According to Bloomberg, YouTube will need to overcome "several hurdles" to meet its March 2018 launch date. YouTube has been stuck in negotiations with Universal and Sony for more than a year.

    Article Link: YouTube to Launch Music Subscription Service in March 2018
     
  2. Appleaker macrumors 68000

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    “Another major competitor”
    It’d be more accurate to say “the same competitor, but with a rebranded service”.
     
  3. haruhiko macrumors 601

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    It's either Spotify or Apple Music. Spotify wins for better music discovery for me.
     
  4. redneckitengineer macrumors member

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    Remember when we complained about os fragmentation...now it’s fragmentation of the music industry. Everybody wants in on it. Competition is good, but there’s so many out there now each with their own attempt at an eco system.
     
  5. knpwrs macrumors newbie

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    Google nooooooo! Just make one thing and stick with it.
     
  6. djeeyore25 macrumors 6502

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    I'm guessing I won't be able to access the service on my Echo Show.
     
  7. saudade macrumors regular

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    Still using soulseek and tpb 4 music lol
     
  8. trusso macrumors regular

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    Late to the table, YouTube is.

    In any case, streaming music services are not the most profitable segment of the music industry. I suppose YouTube can do what they like, but I won't be subscribing.
     
  9. Rainshadow macrumors member

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    Competition is good, but when each company has one or two things about it that are good, and no one seems to be able to do it just right, it just sucks. I am content, not happy, with most services, but suffer right now with amazon prime music because it comes with my prime membership. I never see myself jumping on the subscription music service after I have tried Apple Music, google, and Spotify. Just too much money for me. I already have enough monthly subscriptions.
     
  10. Hustler1337 macrumors 68000

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    I'm confused, how does Youtube's Music service fit in with Google Play Music?

    The only thing that I can think of is Youtube Music offering a video music service or allowing monetisation for independent artists?
     
  11. zoomp macrumors member

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    Tidal here. No way I´m treating my Kefs with compressed lossy sound.
     
  12. jst_testing macrumors member

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    Exactly - and the YouTube music app now has clips from video games that are not available anywhere else. Hopefully these are kept.
     
  13. Analog Kid macrumors 601

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    It’s a good thing Google Ads print money, because the rest of the company has no business plan whatsoever... I thought competing against their customers with the Pixel was weird, but now they’re competing against themselves?
     
  14. Statusnone88 macrumors 65816

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    Uhhhh isn’t YouTube Red bundled with Google Play Music...?

    So Google is going to have... 2 different streaming services? Cool? I guess?
     
  15. jdillings macrumors 65816

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    My prediction...Google shuts down Google Play Music and moves everyone over to this new service.
     
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    Say it ain’t so I love google music. I don’t pay for it. I store my music up there as an extra backup.
     
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    Not interested in paying Google any money.
     
  19. OldSchoolMacGuy macrumors 68040

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    More competition means good things for consumers. Keeps prices down. Having said that, Spotify pays artist the least of any service already. Apple Music is one of the highest payers.

    We'll see how they all do.
     
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    So depressing to see what the music industry is becoming
     
  22. goobot macrumors 603

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    So is google’s business strategy to just keep throwing the same thing out with a slight rebrand till it sticks?
     
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    I hear Spring 2020 is the tentative launch date for Whole Food Vibes™
     
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    The rebrand of Amazon Music Unlimited
     
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    They can’t even made an iOS app. I can just imagine how good this will be.
     

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