Remember when you had to actually play a physical CD, cassette or even a vinyl record to listen to music? Those days are long gone thanks to music streaming services like Pandora, Amazon's Prime Music, Spotify and others. You can listen to just about any song you want immediately on your computer, smartphone or tablet. That experience might get even better with Music Key, YouTube's new music service that combines great features from YouTube and Google Play Music into one subscription.
YouTube just launched the beta version of Music Key, which includes a few free features and others that are available only with a paid subscription. You'll notice the free stuff right away when you click on the new Music tab at the top of the YouTube homepage. The tab also appears at the top of the page in the app for Android and Apple gadgets.
Here you'll find playlists, recommendations, trending songs/artists or just a quick route to that one darn track you can't (but please) stop playing -- all that usual stuff. Over the coming days, this will grow to include the ability to find, and play, artist discographies and full albums.
If you pay for a subscription to Music Key, you'll get access to even more music. The subscription will give you access to Google's entire music catalog, including everything in the Google Play Music library. You'll be able to listen to music and watch music videos ad-free on your computer or mobile gadget. You can also create playlists and listen to some music even when you're not connected to the Internet.