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Google to Rename All Access to Google Play “Music Key,” Introduce YouTube Music Key Alongside

According to a new leak, Google may look to rebrand Google Play Music All Access soon. Not only rebrand, but introduce an entirely new service alongside it. Thanks to information posted by Android Police, more details are being leaked which cover a possibly upcoming service called YouTube Music Key. Upon YT Music Key’s unveiling, Google will rename All Access to Google Play Music Key, then promote the two services alongside one another for one monthly fee. 

So, what is YouTube Music Key? From what leaked screenshots indicate, YT Music Key will allow subscribers to stream ad-free music to tablets, phones, desktops and TVs, access an Audio-only mode for users who want to still listen to YouTube content but do other things on their device, and finally, will include an Offline Playback feature.

At time of release, it looks as if Google will offer a free 30-day subscription to anyone who would like to try the service, but that will be followed by a $9.99 monthly charge. However, in a bit of good news for current All Access subscribers, Google is bundling this new service alongside the existing music service, meaning anyone already paying should get YouTube Music Key as an add-on for free. If you are not already a subscriber, you can sign up for Music Key once it is announced, then have access to both services for the $9.99 a month price.

Google Play Music Key

For those who might need further clarification as to what makes YouTube Music Key different from All Access as it is today, YouTube is a much better access point for people who enjoy live concerts, remixes of music, and covers of existing songs. While Google’s current All Access library is rather impressive, YouTube’s library is easily added to, as well as highly-refined in the content discovery department. YouTube Music Key, according to screenshots, will feature tailored playlists based on things you already watch, allowing subscribers to get lost in a world of music, concert footage, and much more.

As with any other leak, we will need to await Google’s announcement of such a major move, and until then, remain calm. As for current All Access subscribers, you have nothing to worry about. If anything, when YouTube Music Key is announced, you are going to gain access to a completely new service for absolutely free. If you are not subscribed to All Access yet, now may be a good time to do so.

Via: Android Police
  • stayflyer

    Hopefully they add it to the Google play for free. Still rocking the 7.99 that’s love for the price.

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  • itsgonnalast

    I subscribe to All Access and I’m struggling to understand this. I occasionally listen to music on YouTube, but paying for it seems very weird (luckily I won’t have to if the rumors are true).

    YouTube is a clunky music player for me… especially since the music skips if I’m doing anything in a different Chrome tab. YouTube is my last resort when I’m trying to find an unusual song (True Mathematics, anyone?) that isn’t available for streaming.

    I’ll give it a try, but my expectations are low.

  • LionStone

    Ok Kellen, here’s where we “should” be confused

  • yummy

    In the headlong rush to create a society densely populated with stupid brand names, Google is the undisputed diaper wearing queen.
    You could use to skip a meal, queenie, and somebody change those poopy diapers. P U!

    • you lost me at headlong…hehe all the possible innuendos.

  • Daniel Thomas

    I am waiting for the free version of Key or All Access. I don’t know why Google does not try to compete with the free versions of Pandora, Spotify and Rdio. I only use google music to listen to the music I’ve uploaded and use free Spotify to listen to new music, save songs and build custom play lists. We all know google had the capacity to customize ads to listeners of free radio.

  • chris_johns

    wow…so all access might finally be worth the 9 bucks they charge my card everymonth finally??

  • creed

    I have a free three month trial to All Access from my Chromecast purchase. I must say that I have not been impressed and will cancel after the trial ends. I honestly expected it to be more like Spotify. I don’t like having playlists with only one genre. I like a good mix and $10/month is pretty steep for a service that many others offer for a lot less or free ad-supported versions.

  • imaguest

    And what about YouTube Movies & TV Key/Google Play Movies & TV Key?

  • ethelcmcphe

    I’m making $86 an hour working from home. I was shocked when my neighbour told me she was averaging $95 but I see how it works now.I feel so much freedom now that I’m my own boss.for a detail check tech tab.

    This is what I do,,,,,,, http://www.disqus-jobs.com



  • addicuss

    with all the money google makes I really hope they start paying someone to come up with better names.

  • Why don’t they have an “All Access” or “Key” service with Google TV and Movies? {{-_-}}

    • Suicide_Note

      That would be pretty sweet. Hopefully it’s coming at some point in the not too distant future.

    • morgan boyle

      that is a LONG LONG way away. TV and Movie is still WAY more guarded. they fear changing business models like iOS fears Android.

      • morgan boyle

        but i have always said, if you just offer TV and Movies at very very reasonable prices, pirating programs will disappear over time.

  • moozicmon

    Honestly I’m more excited about the app redesign. Looks promising.

  • monkeybutts

    Cause you’ll be locked out if you use too many android devices?

  • Deegan1212

    What’s wrong with naming it Google Play Music?

  • pmug
  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Oh Google. The God Awful naming scheme continues.

    • meijin3

      What would you have them call it?

      • mgamerz

        GP Music

  • XvierX

    I like that they’re changing the name but I doubt I’ll use the YT music key. I’ve had all access music since day one so I’m glad to see more features added. I am patiently waiting for a material design overhaul for play music…. and hangouts…. and the rest of the google apps.

  • Jeremy Kacher

    Maybe with YouTube music key, you’ll be able to listen to the audio without the device on. That would make it a lot more worth it for me.

    • Big EZ

      They use to allow this before removed it.

    • David

      I’m sure you mean to say “without the screen being on”, as doing anything with a device that’s powered down would prove to be pretty difficult.

  • Jordan Harvey

    Excited for this but I feel like Google really needs help in the product name category. Why can’t they make simpler names? Google music or YouTube music sound way better IMO.

    • meijin3

      Well they want to promote their Play brand so they won’t get rid of “Play” and Google Play Music is the non-subscription service where you can purchase and upload music from your own library so they need a modifier.

      • Jordan Harvey

        I think for your non tech people, the name gets way to confusing. Even when you say “Google Play Music All Access”, it does not sound good. I don’t see why you need two different names because they offer a non-subscription service as well. Where I know you can upload music, spotify has a free version as well, as does Pandora, and its still the same name. Having the option for a subscription based music service does not mean you need a separate name. To me its just additional features that make it better than the competition. Where I am no fan of Apple, you have to admit, their names are simple and get the point across. I feel “Google Music” is a simple name that could be used across Google’s platform. Although I have to admit, I still feel a name with one word would be best. I don’t think they need to put Google in front of everything. People already know what Google owns. Just like everyone knows Apple owns iTunes. Just my opinion though, obviously people think differently.

        • michael arazan

          it’s still 2014, How about the popular name of every device

          ONE Music or Music One

          • Jordan Harvey

            Haha, got my vote!

  • Edward Netherton

    Google Music was launched back in 2011 and has been re-branded as Google Play Music in 2012. It has just started its all new streaming service just a couple of months back, known as the Google Play Music All Access. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.crittermap.airhockey.dragons

    • David

      1. Google Play Music All Access launched like last year, not a “couple of months back”
      2. Your post is spam
      3. Get a job

  • morgan boyle

    It would be awesome to push a audio only video to my google music queue.

    • Suicide_Note

      I’m hoping that’s the way it works, too. So many great, obscure tracks and mixes that would make awesome additions to my playlists or the radio queue.

  • sonicyoof

    Google Play Music Key? What kind of name is that, and what’s wrong with Google Music as a name?

    • Justice League

      i’m guessing it’s the key to unlocking all the music you could ever want

    • TechTinker11

      Because of the “Google Play” branding. I’m fine with it, maybe “Play Music Key” would be better. Idk Google Music just sounds bland, nothing wrong with it, just makes it seem like its from the early 2000 or something.

    • Suicide_Note

      It sounds like a Japanese music show to me. Why not name it The Super Terrific Google Happy Music Experience?

    • michael arazan

      How about Nexus Sound Service, since they own the TM

    • Brandon

      It’s way too simple and easy to say!

  • Oso

    Didnt Google buy songza? I think someone told me songza worked by streaming audio from free YouTube videos. Maybe this is how they are going to incorporate their software

  • litobirdy

    So this whole time, they didn’t update YouTube for this screen off or background feature because they wanted to figure out a way to charge for it blah. I’ll stick with Viral app

    • miri

      Probably a part of their licencing agreement and why they had to remove the feature in the first place.

  • She_Beast

    If they’re going to add services for no extra cost, I can’t complain. Especially if they add it to the $7.99 price I’m still paying.

    Not sure the rebrand name is any better than the current one though. Still takes too long to describe. “Google Play Music All Access.” “Google Play Music Key.” Both are much longer and more complicated than something like “Spotify.” Hard to get word of mouth promotion like that.

    • Carlos Lopez

      I always just say google music and explain if people need to know

    • Daniel Maginnis

      Still mad at myself for letting my subscription lapsing the first month and losing my $7.99 pricing. But $9.99 is still worth it to me and been using it regularly all the time.

      • Brandon

        This just happened to me and I was kind of pissed, but then I saw that when I re-subscribed they’re giving me 3 months free so it kind of makes up for it.

    • Brandon

      Such a stupid name, I’m pissed because I lost my $8/month price because while transferring money between bank accounts my bill came due and it didn’t get paid so they cancelled it! So now I’m back up to the $10/month, I get three months free though so it kind of makes up for it.

      • Thelalaland

        That is strange I have forgotten to pay 3 times and each time i try to pay it i can still do so and I am still at the 8$ a month price

  • JayMars84

    A fee for the things on YouTube I used to watch for free?! Sign me up!

    • DanielMena9

      Can’t watch music videos Ad-Free on all platforms atm (at the moment), Can’t select an audio only stream (sometimes I want to enjoy my fav YouTube sans video under poor coverage or out of wifi), Can’t download YouTube videos Offline on mobile (legally) for my long trips without cell phone like through the states or on a plane.

      This is a good deal, especially bundled with Google Music.

      • JayMars84

        Viral Pro does pretty much all that. Though I don’t understand the worry about the legality of downloading a live video someone recorded with a cell phone, which is all you’d be downloading for offline playback from YouTube. Or else, you’d just get the regular track of All Access or Spotify.

        • DanielMena9

          I couldn’t see an audio only option on Viral Pro or download offline? but I didn’t buy it since if it DOES do that, I see Google cutting off the YouTube access.

          • JayMars84

            Viral Pro does offline and background play, technically not “audio-only” but close enough. PVStar does audio only playlists though.

      • Big EZ

        No, what he’s saying is that he used to be able to do these things. Google removed them so that they could charge for them. Your telling me that now I have to pay $10 for a useless music service to enjoy the features on YouTube that were free just a couple months ago?

        • Suicide_Note

          I dunno, the 15+ GBs of music I stream per month from All Access don’t seem all that useless to me.

    • Justice League

      everything in life can’t be free. do you go to work for free? google music has actually saved me money. i have discovered albums from some of my old school days that i didn’t even know existed.

      • Big EZ

        But it was free. Now I would have to pay $10 for a useless music service just to get features back on YouTube.

        • David

          1. Not useless
          2. I doubt they’ll remove music videos and other user-uploaded songs from YouTube
          3. This will probably be a more curated and organized experience
          4. From the sound of it, they’ll be bundling it with the Google Play Music service, which is (in my opinion) fantastic

          • Big EZ

            1. It is useless when it would cost more than our current music service and offer less music that we want.

            2. Why would they removed those videos? What does this have to do with my comment anyways?

            4. Again, not fantastic that they removed features only to add them back by requiring a music service subscription. Offline playback and screen off (audio only will allow this) playback were features that have been removed from YouTube. Now they are returning but at a premium.

          • David

            What music service do you use that costs less than Google Play Music and has more music?

            I mentioned the removal of videos because your comment seemed to suggest that you would lose the ability to listen to music on YouTube if you didn’t pay for it. My mistake if that’s not what you meant.

          • Big EZ

            We use Rhapsody. It’s $15 for me and my wife. Google’s music service would cost us $20 and didn’t have much of the music I have in my playlists on Rhapsody. I didn’t say Google doesn’t have as much music, but they have lless that I’m interested in.

          • Suicide_Note

            Boo freaking hoo. No one is forcing you to give up on Rhapsody and use All Access. Stick with what suits your needs and quit crying.

          • Big EZ

            I’m going to keep using Rhapsody. The problem is that they removed features from YouTube to add them to the pay music service. That’s bs.

          • Terrance Steiner

            I used to use Rhapsody (which I actually really liked) but switched to Google music when they offered it at $7.99. I have been really happy with it. The only thing I did not like about Rhapsody is that they limited you on the number of devices you could use on a base account. The Google there is no limit. I do agree that Rhapsody did seem to have a fuller catalog then Google though.

            One thing you could do is create a shared Google account (separate from you and your wife’s main Google accounts) and sign up for only one Google music account. That would mean shared playlists and stations, so that might not be the best idea if you have different tastes in music.

          • Big EZ

            Google does limit the number of devices. They are actually worse than rhapsody. Google limits you to deactivating 4 devices, Rhapsody only limits how many can be active at one time. With Rhapsody I’d have no issues flashing roms, and I can restore Rhapsody and not have to deactivate and reactivate my device (unless I go from a skin to AOSP or vise versa) with Google music I had to reactivate each time I flashed a rom and after a few times I could no longeruse the sservice.

            Also, we tried the share thing, but it didn’t really work. It would stop me from listening to my downloaded music when my wife was streaming. With Rhapsody only one of use could stream (without paying another $5) but it doesn’t stop me from listening to downloaded music. We tried the 30 day trial, it just didn’t work for us.

          • mgamerz

            Technically you can still share an account if you block one from the internet. I’ve left my stream going at work and then I turned off mobile data and played it offline. As long as it doesn’t talk back to el goog it won’t know you’re listening. Though I doubt that’s what you want.

          • Big EZ

            Yeah, I figured that out when I tried the trial. However, that wouldn’t work with how I use my phone.

          • Terrance Steiner

            I only ever had the base service from Rhapsody which only allowed one device at a time (this was about 2-years ago so their plans may have changed). Meaning I could pick my phone or my tablet, but not both. I do not use custom ROMS because work pays for my phone (so I cannot really mess with it) so I had forgotten about the Google activation limit issues. I wasn’t dissing Rhapsody. It is a great service. I used it for about 5-years and I think it is a shame that it usually does not come up in conversations about music streaming services. I first used Rhapsody with my only Sandisk Sansa MP3 player when I had to download every song.

            Out of the box Google music was missing two key features that I loved about Rhapsody Streaming. Offline playback and being able to save to the SD card. I was seriously thinking about switching back about the time that Google finally added these features and I am locked in at the $7.99 early adopter rate. If you find a service that really works for you, whether it is Google Music, Spodify, Rdio, or Rhapsody I say stick with it. Lord knows it is a pain to transfer playlist between services.

          • house

            You wouldnt pay 20$ you’d pay 10. Your account allows 10 devices.

          • Big EZ

            It would stop playing my downloaded music when my wife was streaming. I would have to turn off my data in order for it to work.

          • Big EZ

            Also, with the restrictions Google has added to the activated devices this would also mean I couldn’t use their service, or I’d have to quit flashing roms. I have no issues flashing roms or switching devices with Rhapsody.

          • LionStone

            I use Pandora ($3) and Slacker ($4) ad free.

          • David

            Those offer different feature sets than Google Play Music though, don’t they? Those are more radio services than Spotify-like services. I would expect those to be cheaper in comparison.

      • JayMars84

        I’m not paying a billion dollar company and billion dollar record companies for things that used to be/should be free. While you’re bent over, pick those pennies up and give them to Google, Universal, and Sony.

        • BillySuede

          i’m sure the artists feel the same way #entitlementculture

        • Guest

          wow! It takes a lot for me to post on these articles, and you sir made it happen. Unbelievable.

  • DanielMena9

    Offline and Audio only YouTube? TAKE MY MONEY.

    I’ll re-subscribe in a flash ! That $7.99 early adopter price better still work

    • ultravisitor

      If you had the $7.99 subscription and then cancelled it, you lost it.

      • DanielMena9

        :O is this trueeee?!?! ahhhhh

        • miri

          I’ve heard you have to contact support and they’ll give it back.

          • The Rock

            do you know anyone who has tried this? I had the 7.99 price too when it first started but I cancelled it and now I’m regretting it

          • DanielMena9

            That’s what I thought. I could have swore I tried to resub and it said $7.99. Google Music is blocked at work and that’s partly why I cancelled and thus when I get home I’ll check my price.

          • Colin Huber

            I canceled my $7.99 for Spotify, then re-upped with GMAA when the Chromecast came out. I pay $9.99 now.

        • I have tried this. But At same time , I am using accessory like Google Chrome. http://goo.gl/ybjrya

    • Grimlyte

      I have canceled and resubbed @ 7.99, Never for long, but it did keep the 7.99 pricing. Just try to resubb and see what price it gives you.

      • Jared Roberson

        I cancelled and resubscribed at 9.99

    • Big EZ

      These were features that YouTube included. Now we see why they were removed. I don’t care anything about Google music. It’s more expensive and offers less than my current service. Now I’d have to pay for their useless music service to get YouTube offline and screen off features back.

      • DanielMena9

        Maybe I don’t remember, but I’ve had YouTube on mobile since the iPhone 3G and Android 2.3 but never recall getting screen off features or YouTube offline ?

        • Big EZ

          The screen off feature was the first removed. I had it back when I was on Froyo and Gingerbread (2.2 & 2.3). I believe the update for YouTube that removed it came after ICS was out. The caching feature was only removed earlier this year.