It was previously rumored Google could possibly introduce a music streaming service for its Android platform, and today, it looks as though a portion of that rumor is true as in addition to its Google Play for Android, it will be launching a music streaming service on YouTube.
According to a number of Fortune’s sources, the upcoming service planned to launch on YouTube will allow anyone to listen to music tracks for free with additional features available for a subscription fee. When reached for a comment regarding YouTube’s possible addition of a music-streaming service, the company shared the following statement:
While we don’t comment on rumor or speculation, there are some content creators that think they would benefit from a subscription revenue stream in addition to ads, so we’re looking at that.
If Gangnam Style has taught us anything it should be that K-POP is extremely addictive and people have been turning to YouTube for their music-listening needs for several years now. Maturing the brand to become a music-streaming service is one we’re sure many people would adopt as soon as it’s announced, which now that the cat may be out of the bag, would be soon.
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