As expected with most, if not all, music streaming services, YouTube’s offering is said to come in two flavors: a free version and a paid version. The former will offer users access to music and videos for free, although there will be ads interjected and users will not be able to store music for offline access. The paid version will remove ads, allow for music storage offline and is expected to cost users $9.99 a month. Billboard claims that this YouTube music service is expected to see integration into other Google products and has named Google Glass as a possible candidate.
The deal has reportedly been struck with all the necessary parties (read record labels and publishers), but according to a statement released by YouTube, “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.”