According to Fortune, YouTube is in the process of building up a streaming music service to launching later this year. Users will be able to subscribe to YouTube's service and listen to their chosen music for as long as they're a subscriber. I know what you're thinking — that's basically Spotify. But I have to imagine there'll be at least one important difference.
YouTube won't tell your Facebook friends how often you listened to Taylor Swift's "I Knew You Were Trouble" song right after your relationship status changed to "It's Complicated".
YouTube music player got your back, bro.
I can see why YouTube would get into this business, since I use the powerful tag-team of YouTube and Google to listen to whatever specific song I'm in the mod for at the time.
Most of those 8,726 views were me yesterday while I was incredibly sad.
Apparently, the service would offer a free, ad-supported version and a premium, paid version. To me, the most interesting aspect of this isn't that YouTube would begin charging money, it's that there are still enough people who hate paying money for things to make it viable for YouTube to not charge money. I mean, are people really not fed up with Spotify's incredibly loud, irreverent commercials yet?
"HELLO MUSIC LISTENER! WOULD YOU LIKE TO HEAR MORE
ABOUT TERM LIFE INSURANCE?!"
I'm just so exhausted by this advertising business model, guys. Pay money for the things you like. This is such a clear, obvious business model — you help out the people who make the great stuff you like and get an experience you can enjoy without being interrupted by desperate companies begging you, a person who's already shown that they're not super interested in spending to money, to please PLEASE spend money.
This advertising subtly affects us, guys, whether we realize it or not. You may not be spending money on your video, but there is still a cost. And we need to realize that before it goes too far.
"Sure I got some cybernetic implants that display ads from Yahoo and
Amazon while I dream, but I can listen to six songs a week for FREE!"
Would you get a subscription to a Google music service? Let me know on twitter @mikeyfromsu or in the comments below!
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