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YouTube Adds Album Streaming, Becomes Spotify 2.0

With YouTube Music Key, you can watch all those cat videos ad-free.

The music subscription service just got another player in the mix: YouTube. The site will soon launch their own ad-free service app called Music Key, the official YouTube blog revealed on Wednesday (November 12).

Music Key, which will be available for mobile and desktop, is offering videos and full albums (in conjunction with Google Play) available to stream without ads. You'll also be able to download tracks for offline listening, similar to Spotify.

There's also good news for those who've complained about having the song stop whenever you close the YouTube app: There's background listening!

So, what will the service cost?

The beta version is launching Monday, and if you're a heavy YouTube user, you might get an invite to try it out, or you can submit your email to get an invitation.

The beta test will be free for 6 months, but after that period the cost will be $7.99 a month, eventually increasing to $9.99 (Spotify's premium service also costs $9.99). You'll also be able to stream using Google Play at no extra charge.

Can't wait for the real launch? YouTube just unveiled a separate music tab to the current app, available to everyone right now, which will feature personalized recommendations of music videos, playlists that fit your mood and trending songs. So, even if you don't subscribe, you'll still have access to all the full-length albums, as well as artists' performances.

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With the world's largest streaming service adding these pretty sweet revisions, it seems possible YouTube could take down its other competitors.

Oh, and, unlike Spotify, you'll probably have access to Taylor Swift's music.