According to a report from Financial Times, YouTube has reached a deal with Merlin, a group which represents nearly 20,000 indie labels, allowing YouTube to bring the countless number of artists which they represent to Google’s upcoming music service.
The report states that YouTube’s subscription music streaming service will launch within the coming weeks, allowing users to stream virtually any music video they can think of. YouTube attempted to make this same deal earlier this year, but Merlin apparently held out for a larger chunk of change.
The service, which has still yet to be highly detailed by Google and YouTube, will be ad-free, but there are no hints at what price we could be looking at.
If the report is true, we should find out soon enough of Google and YouTube are up to.