Everyone wants to get their hands on a subscription service - most notably music subscriptions. We all know that traditional radio kind of sucks as they play what they are told to play and their playlist isn't very diverse. That's where music services like Pandora, Rdio, Google Play Music, Zune and others really shine. YouTube sees this as an opportunity to make a bit more money and I don't blame them. It's odd though that Google would compete against themselves, but if they do, I guess they'll get even more business.
YouTube has been working on a streaming music service since last year. The offering is expected to be similar to Spotify with commercial-free paid subscriptions as well as an ad-supported free model -- but with videos to boot. Google has reportedly been close to launching it several times, but 2014 is drawing to a close without an unveiling yet. The service has been hampered by reports of friction with independent music labels, as well as the departures of key executives.