Google prepares to launch YouTube Music Key subscription service for $9.99 per month

In today's Android roundup: Google gets ready to launch a YouTube music subscription service. Plus: The Sony M2 Aqua waterproof Android phone, and should you be afraid of Facebook Messenger for Android?

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Subscription services seem all the rage these days, with many users preferring to pay a monthly fee to have access to a wide range of content instead of buying it one item at a time. Even Amazon has jumped on the subscription bandwagon with its Kindle Unlimited ebook service. Rumors have been swirling about Google's plans, and Android Police has details about an upcoming YouTube music subscription service that will cost $9.99 per month.

According to Android Police:

YouTube is set to launch a service called YouTube Music Key, and Google is set to rebrand Google Play Music All Access to Google Play Music Key. YouTube Music Key will offer a 30-day free trial to start, after which the service will run $9.99/month.

Specifically, it looks like YouTube Music Key will offer ad-free music, audio-only playback (for background or screen-off listening), and offline playback. Interestingly, that price will evidently include both YouTube Music Key and Google Play Music Key.

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This is probably a good business move on Google's part, given the popularity of subscription services. But what's with the stupid name? YouTube Music Key? Who on earth came up with that? Sorry, but it just seems like a rather nebulous name for a music subscription service. Somebody in Google's marketing department really needs to rethink that choice as it doesn't roll off the tongue well nor does it tell potential customers what the service is all about.

In general Google doesn't have a great track record for naming some of its products. Android is a great name, but the Google Play store leaves much to be desired. I wonder if the same people who came up with Google Play are behind the naming of this new YouTube music subscription service? It seems quite likely, unfortunately.

The name aside, YouTube Music Key could be quite good if Google has enough content to please its subscribers. We'll have to wait for an official announcement though before we can have a real idea of the quantity and quality of the music this new service will offer.

Sony's M2 Aqua waterproof Android phone

Cult of Android reports on Sony's M2 Aqua waterproof Android phone.

According to Cult of android:

Sony has just added yet another mid-range handset to its Xperia lineup. This time we’re looking at the M2 Aqua, which is a water and dust-proof version of its older brethren — the Xperia M2.

What’s unusual about this particular device is its IP certification grade (65/68), which is the maximum level of protection that can be awarded to any electronic gadget, and the M2 Aqua is the world’s first smartphone to successfully attain it.

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