YouTube’s Spotify-like music service may be further away from a public rollout than originally planned. According to AllThingsD, although YouTube has inked all the necessary music licensing deals, the company is delaying the release because it’s not happy with the product itself. Originally planned to go live by the end of 2013, it now looks as if the music service is slated to come out in the first quarter of 2014.
The service, which was initially announced in October, is said to share commonalities with other streaming music applications, such as Spotify or Google Play. Of course, given that it will be a YouTube-backed service, it is rumored to sport some type of video component. The service is said to have both a free and paid version, which is allegedly in the $9.99 a month range.
A snippet of code found in YouTube’s 5.3 Android app alluded to the fact that the paid-version would be called “Music Pass” and come loaded with offline modes, background listening, and an ad-free experience.
The ad-free experience, however, comes with one caveat: According to the 5.3 code, “millions of songs” will come ad-free, not all songs. This suggests that although YouTube has locked down licensing, some labels may not be willing to run music or videos sans ads, regardless of that $9.99 monthly fee.