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YouTube’s Paid Subscription Service Is Almost Here

It was only a matter of time, and the time is now: Youtube is rolling out a paid model. According to the Verge, the video-hosting service’s paid tier will cost the user approximately $10 a month, in exchange for features like ad-free content and the ability to “store videos offline” on mobile devices. These are… More »

By: Caitlin White / April 10, 2015 - 12:24 pm

Q&A: OK Go On 10 Years Of Making Viral Videos

One Of Those Treadmill Guys.

Regardless of how many years he is eventually blessed to squeeze out of this corporeal existence, this is the epitaph OK Go vocalist/guitarist Damian Kulash is absolutely certain will be carved into his tombstone.

And he might very well be right.

After all, the… More »

By: Shawn Macomber / March 25, 2015 - 12:35 pm

David Lowery Blasts YouTube Music Key’s Artist Terms Disclosed By Zoë Keating

Last year, YouTube announced that it’s getting ready to launch Music Key, its own streaming service. Given all the power that YouTube and its parent company Google wield in the music universe, it’s poised to become an overnight power player in the streaming wars, and it looks like its contracts might be even rougher o… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 29, 2015 - 11:09 am

“Gangnam Style” Broke YouTube’s View Counter

PSY’s 2012 sensation “Gangnam Style” was inescapable at the time of its release and, two years later, it’s been largely forgotten, but it’s still been racking up YouTube views from curious listeners and K-pop fans alike. Earlier this year, it became the first video on YouTube to surpass 2 billion views, and now it will… More »

By: James Rettig / December 3, 2014 - 6:34 pm

Prince Deletes Facebook & Twitter, Pulls Music From YouTube

Prince joined Twitter last summer, and he signed up for Facebook this year to participate in an ill-fated fan Q&A session in which he only answered one question. Now his experiment with social media appears to be coming to an end. NME reports that the Purple One has deleted his Twitter and Facebook accounts and… More »

By: Chris DeVille / November 25, 2014 - 11:34 am

Irving Azoff’s Coalition Of Songwriting Heavyweights Ramps Up Battle To Get Their Music Off YouTube

Last week after YouTube announced the launch of their new subscription music streaming service, industry mogul Irving Azoff — who represents artists such as the Eagles, John Lennon, and Pharrell Williams — said that the company hadn’t completed all of the necessary licensing procedures for the service and that the deals they made with record… More »

By: James Rettig / November 18, 2014 - 6:37 pm

Billy Bragg Says Taylor Swift Is A Liar Who Sold Her Soul To Google

Billy Bragg must have an invite to YouTube’s new Music Key subscription service because he’s noticed Taylor Swift’s albums in Music Key’s library, and he’s not happy about it. Swift recently caused a stir by pulling her entire catalog from Spotify, sparking a back and forth between the streaming service, Swift, and her label. I… More »

By: Chris DeVille / November 18, 2014 - 1:38 pm

YouTube Launches Streaming Music Service

Just this morning we learned that YouTube struck a deal with the hundreds of indie labels that had united in pursuit of a fair shake in digital media revenue. Now Billboard reports that YouTube’s long-rumored streaming music service is live. More »

By: Chris DeVille / November 12, 2014 - 2:21 pm

Indie Labels Reach Licensing Deal With YouTube Music Service

Last year, YouTube announced that it was working on developing a subscription feature in a similar vein to Spotify, Rhapsody, and its parent company’s service Google All Access. They reached agreements with the three major labels (Sony, Universal, and Warner) a while ago, but were facing resistance from trade groups representing independent labels for offering… More »

By: James Rettig / November 12, 2014 - 8:41 am

How To Fix The YouTube Music Awards

As Tom opined yesterday, the YouTube Music Awards, with its forward-thinking concept and Spike Jonze creation direction and exceptional list of performers, “could’ve flipped the entire awards-show concept on its head and chased all the little eddies and tributaries on the internet rather than just chasing the widest-possible viewership.” But it didn’t. Instead we got… More »

By: Chris DeVille / October 24, 2013 - 3:49 pm

YouTube Launching Subscription Music Service

YouTube hasn’t confirmed these reports yet, but sources are telling Billboard that YouTube is hoping to launch its own music subscription service by the end of the year. The service will be something like Spotify, except with video, and it’ll have both a free component and one that’ll cost in the neighborhood of $10 a… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 24, 2013 - 10:15 am