YouTube will launch a new subscription music service, the company acknowledged Tuesday after being dragged into a public dispute over royalties that will result in the blockade of some independent artists' music videos, according to The Associated Press.
The AP reports Google Inc.-owned video site said in a statement that it is "adding subscription-based features for music on YouTube" and that "hundreds of major label and independent artists" have signed on.
The paid service — to be launched within a few months — will likely allow playback of videos without ads and allow for offline playback on mobile devices. That's according to two people familiar with the matter.
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