YouTube launches music streaming service

YouTube Music Key will initially run as an invite-only beta service

YouTube has launched its own music streaming service to rival the likes of Spotify.

The service will be called YouTube Music Key and initially only be available as an invite-only beta. When the service launches properly it will cost £9.99 a month to use. It will allow users to listen to music offline as well as play music without adverts and use the Google Play Music service via a subscription for YouTube Music Key users.

YouTube will be sending out invites for the beta version of the service over the coming days and weeks. A press release states: “Thanks to your music videos, remixes, covers and more, you’ve made YouTube the biggest music service on the planet. To turn YouTube into your perfect music service, we’re launching YouTube Music Key as a beta with our biggest music fans first, and then we’ll bring YouTube Music Key to the whole world together. So, if you see an invite in your app or email in the coming days and weeks, try it out for six months for free.”