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YouTube launching music subscription service

The YouTube Music Key beta as shown on a smartphone.

YouTube is launching a long-anticipated music subscription service next week. The service, called "YouTube Music Key," will cost $9.99 a month for ad-free music, plus music videos, and the ability to listen offline as well as online. It's starting as an invite-only beta service: People who are invited are offered 6 months free, followed by a promotional lifetime price of $7.99 per month.