It has been rumored multiple times this year that Google might launch a YouTube music streaming subscription service. It was initially believed that the service would be launched this summer, however that didn’t happen. Then we heard that the service might be launched by the end of 2013, and according to the latest report by AllThingsD, that’s not going to happen. Citing people familiar with the matter, the report claims that YouTube’s music streaming service has been delayed until early 2014.
An exact release date has not been rumored, though according to the report, the company is looking at a possible launch in Q1, 2014. Apparently the company isn’t satisfied with the service despite the fact that it already has licenses from record labels, obtaining these licenses is a titanic task in itself and vital for the existence of a music streaming service. The YouTube team is said to be working on a method to integrate content generated by users, such as mashups or lipsyncs, alongside conventional songs and music videos. Hints of the YouTube music streaming service were recently discovered in the updated YouTube app for Android, despite that, the company hasn’t officially confirmed that it is working on such a service.