Android App Update Might Have More Info on YouTube’s Music Service

/ Nov 27, 2013

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Remember YouTube’s planned Spotify-like music service? According to a recent Android update, it may roll out in the very near future.

Android Police first spotted hints of the music service in YouTube’s 5.3 updated Android app. The app, which will come with standard interface changes, currently contains buried code that alludes to the functionality of the music service.

According to Android Police, the 5.3 app sports the following lines of code, which suggest the forthcoming presence of the music service (bolds have been added):

<string name=”music_pass”>Music Pass</string>


<string name=”offline_playback”>Offline playback</string>

<string name=”offline_playback_details”>Take your music everywhere</string>


<string name=”background_listening”>Background listening</string>

<string name=”background_listening_details”>Keep your music playing while using other apps</string>


<string name=”uninterrupted_music”>Uninterrupted music</string>

<string name=”uninterrupted_music_details”>No ads on millions of songs</string>

This code is contained in a section of the app labeled as music_upsell_dialog.xml. Without any concrete evidence, this could be code related to an advertising pop-up that trumpets the functions of “Music Pass,” which could be the paid version of the music service.

Back in October, it was reported that the music service would have a free and paid version priced at a rumored $9.99 a month. Based on this code, it seems that the paid version will offer similar features to that of music service Spotify, which currently supports offline playback, background listening, and uninterrupted music.

Android Police does point out one interesting note among the code, which is the section containing the text “No ads on millions of songs.” While most services simply boast an ad-free experience, the “millions of songs” qualifier suggests that YouTube may have to run ads on select songs and music videos, as dictated by the labels that own them.

When news of the service first broke, both Billboard and The Verge reported that the service would launch in tandem with a new app (5.3 maybe?) sometime before 2014.

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