On Wednesday, October 21, Google announced the launch of a new subscription based service called YouTube Red that will provide ad-free access to YouTube videos. The service comes with a monthly fee of $9.99 on Android, desktop, and the mobile web. For iOS users, they will be charged $12.99 per month due to Apple’s in-app purchase tax. Several other benefits will be included with the membership.
Along with ad-free access to videos, YouTube Red also features the option to save videos for offline playback and the ability to play videos in the background on tablets and smartphones. Coming in early 2016, the subscription will also introduce member-only access to original series and movies made by popular YouTube creators.
YouTube Red plans to launch in the U.S. on October 28, with the plan to expand to larger markets over the course of the next year. The service will work on any device and anywhere that you can sign in to YouTube. For those who do not want to pay right away, there is a free 14-day trial available for the U.S., which can be extended to 30 days with a credit card.
To make things even better, Google also bundled a Play Music subscription into YouTube Red on iOS and Android. The bundle provides access to both services for a combined $9.99 or $12.99 monthly fee. YouTube Red’s unlimited access to music and videos makes it a worthy opponent against rivals such as Apple Music and Spotify.
Google also made sure to publicize YouTube Music, which is an all-new app for discovering, listening, and watching music videos. The app is to be released soon in the U.S., with additional countries following in 2016.
For those worried about being forced to pay to use YouTube, don’t fret! YouTube will remain available in its traditional ad-supported format. YouTube will not change for those who aren’t interested in paying. The majority of revenue that is collected from paying users for YouTube Red will be distributed to its partners.