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YouTube Music Streaming Service Launches in Beta (SocialTimes)
YouTube music has faced some challenges lately; the company lost its product manager over the summer and had disagreements with indie music labels. While news of its music offering leaked in August, Google didn’t want to launch the new service until it reached a deal with indie labels. In a bid to compete with streaming services like Pandora and Spotify, Google is finally rolling out YouTube Music Key in invitation-only beta. Re/code The company is overhauling the free version of its Android app, and next week it’ll start inviting some of its users to try a new subscription feature, which it’s building into its Android and iOS apps. GigaOM For early adopters, it will cost $7.99 per month with the first six months free, and eventually it will cost $9.99 per month, the same price as Spotify Premium. YouTube Music Key’s banner feature is that it gives subscribers the ability to listen to music without ads, as well as run YouTube as a background app on mobile devices, allowing users to listen to YouTube videos while playing a game or locking their home screen. THR With the monthly fee, users also receive access to a Google Play Music subscription, which offers more than 30 million songs and playlists for streaming. Beginning Wednesday, YouTube is also rolling out new music features for free, ad-supported music video viewing. YouTube also plans to make it easier to find an artist’s discography through their official music videos and other songs uploaded to the streamer, so a user can play a full album straight through. NYT With its new service, YouTube hopes to reform its reputation in the music industry as a phenomenal free site to promote songs, but one that pays a pittance in royalties. As YouTube pushes into paid content, other online music outlets — under considerable pressure from the recording industry — are being forced to defend or change their business models to better compensate artists.

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GQ Cuts Five

CondeNast304x200As Condé Nast continues its migration to One World Trade Center, the company has lightened the load. According to The New York Post, GQ has cut five staffers on its digital side, including multimedia editor Kevin Sintumuang. Sintumuang had served at GQ since 2012.

This just the latest round of layoffs that began in early October, when Condé cut 50 staffers. The company also recently restructured its digital leadership team, and in doing so added Fred Santarpia as chief digital officer and cut CTO Joe Simon.

Additionally, Condé made Style.com’s editor and publisher report to Vogue’s editor and publisher.

GQ Adds Editor, Promotes Two

GQ has added Kevin Sintumuang as a multimedia editor and promoted two others. Sintumuang comes to GQ from The Wall Street Journal, where he served as features editor for its “Off Duty” section. Prior to his time at WSJ, he was a senior associate editor at GQ.

“Kevin worked here for years, so he has the GQ sensibility in his bones and knows the voice of the magazine,” said Jim Nelson, GQ’s editor-in-chief. “He is one of the best and most knowledgeable editors at creating lively, slightly irreverent, and authoritative lifestyle service, which is not easy to do, and which works extremely well on GQ.com. I like to think of his return as a no-brainer that will actually import a lot of brains.”

Sintumuang will join GQ on September 17.

Additionally, Ted Stafford has been promoted to fashion market director, and Will Welch has been promoted to senior editor, style.