YouTube Music Streaming Service Won’t Happen Until Next Year

by Dale Wright

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YouTube’s music streaming service, set to be a rival to Pandora and Spotify, has been delayed and now won’t be released until next year.

The popular video site has been working on a music streaming service for a few months now.  Rumours were heard about it back in October, when it was reported to be released at some point this year.  Just last week, code was found in the latest version of YouTube for Android that pointed towards a ‘Music Pass’, including mentions of offline listening, uninterrupted music, as well as “no ads on millions of songs”.  However, it’s now going to be delayed until the first quarter of 2014.

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Whenever this sort of service is delayed – music or video streaming – it’s usually to do with licencing.  However, this isn’t the case this time.  YouTube has apparently secured all the licences from the music content owners it would need to launch the service, but the barrier from stopping it being released is a question of quality.  YouTube is apparently not satisfied with the service itself and wants to do more work on it before it’s happy to release it to the public.  The extra work means it’s going to have to be pushed back a few months later than planned, but there’s not a release date yet.

YouTube’s still yet to officially confirm the Music Pass service, and a representative said: “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.”

It seems a bit strange that YouTube would be launching a music streaming service, as Google’s Play Music All Access service was released earlier this year.  Google must have a reason for wanting to launch two products that seem to be the same – we’ll just have to wait until the launch of Music Pass to find out what that is.