YouTube music service may come to Android
A YouTube music streaming service could be free on Android and it will be ad supported
It looks like we have more fuel for the rumor fire, as a report suggests that Google will be rolling out a music streaming service under its YouTube brand.
This dovetails nicely with a report we ran a few weeks ago that said Google is working on a music streaming service that could take on Spotify, Pandora and Slacker Radio. The latest report comes from sources at record labels and Google would have to sign some deals with those entities for this type of service to exist.
Fortune said that we may actually see two music streaming services: one for the Google Music and one for YouTube. The key difference seems to be that the YouTube service will be free and supported by ads.
If you're wondering why Google would want to use YouTube for a new music service, you're probably not a teenager. A new report from Nielson said that 64 percent of teenagers use YouTube as their top music discovery service. Indeed, it's looking like YouTube is this generation's MTV.
It looks like Google will have one music streaming service that also offers downloads and I'd expect this to come with a monthly cost. Spotify costs about $10 a month and I'd hope that Google can undercut that price by a few dollars. The YouTube music streaming service will likely just have ads inserted between songs and also have links to buy songs.
Google is entering into a somewhat crowded space, as it's already filled with the likes of Spotify, Pandora, Slacker Radio, Rdio and Nokia Music. We've also heard a lot of rumblings that Apple will soon be hopping into this space and it wouldn't be much of a surprise to see Samsung expanding the capabilities of its Music Hub.
The YouTube and Google Music streaming services may be announced soon at the next Google I/O, which is scheduled to take place in May.