The Google Play All Access service was just released this year, but already Mountain View are looking at expanding their music streaming services and possibly adding a streaming video service into the mix for users, available via YouTube.
YouTube has been on a few changes to further integrate Google services and try to nestle in new ways to watch content and pay for content. The video service recently added paid subscription channels, but from the offset they have been hit with criticism for being too expensive.
This new streaming service may integrate the many music videos available on YouTube without advertisements and will offer offline viewing for 48 hours. Users may also be able to listen to music on YouTube without the video and on mobile they can close the YouTube app and still listen to music.
It still seems a little odd that Google would make two music streaming services, unless they are planning on stopping the ‘All Access’ service already. We do not know how well Google has done with All Access, against Spotify and iTunes Radio, they may have failed to grab a lot of listeners.
YouTube is a more well known brand for music and something users can relate to – similar to iTunes Radio. Google will offer the premium YouTube music service, named Music Pass, out to Android users and we believe they will then offer it out to the web.
We have no information on pricing or release dates, since it has been spotted in the code we can see Google is already in the implementation stage and it could be released anytime in the next few weeks, unless delays happen with licensing deals.