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Why Now is the Best Time to Try YouTube Red

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May 20, 2016 · 2.7k Views

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YouTube is introducing YouTube Red, the "all-in-one pass: ad-free video, uninterrupted music, [and] exclusive shows." Even better, they're offering this package for only 99¢ a month for the first three months, then $9.99 per month thereafter. This offer expires on June 17, 2016, so what exactly does this deal offer?

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YouTube Red has some pretty cool features if you love watching shows and movies and listening to music. Take a look:

  • Watch original series and movies from your favorite YouTube content creators (now YouTube Red members), such as PewDiePie, Lilly Singh, and Rooster Teeth.
  • Save videos to your devices and watch them ad-free, even when you're offline.
  • Play videos uninterrupted in your device's background while you use other apps and even when your device is locked.
  • Listen to audio only on personalized stations on YouTube's new music app, YouTube Music. It also includes a Google Play Music subscription for no additional cost, and if you're already subscribed to Google Play Music, you'll get a free YouTube Red membership.
  • Connect with your favorite gamers on YouTube Gaming. 

*Amount of video and audio files saved on your mobile device depends on the amount of free space and storage capacity.

Source: YouTube

YouTube Red is available on mobile devices, tablets, desktop computers, and TVs, but some benefits are only compatible with certain devices. Also, if you're interested in viewing rentals, pay-per-view content, or paid channel subscriptions on YouTube, note that YouTube Red does not include access to these extras.

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Spotify is also incentivizing users to Go Premium by offering the same deal - 3 months for 99¢. It's the same $9.99 per month afterwards, as well as the option to cancel anytime. This offer lasts until June 30, 2016 if you need some time to contemplate.

At 99¢ a month, I think it'd be cool to try it out, although I'm not sure if I'm willing to pay $10 a month to watch ad-free YouTube videos. Is it worth it to you? Let us know in the comments below!


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simonxu09May 23, 2016
denshuMay 23, 2016
I think the $.99/month promotional offer is a great deal and the more time you spend on YouTube, especially via mobile devices, the more the subscription proves its value.

Personally, however, I won't (ever) sign up for it, mostly out of resentment. Many Japanese record labels and channels -- partly due to issues regarding the differences in piracy laws between the two countries -- have not agreed to participate in the YouTube RED subscription model, leading to the majority of Japanese music I enjoy suddenly becoming unavailable for me to listen to or even find in searches (if I manage to find it, the video container says something like "This content is not available in your country."). This makes discovering new music and sharing the music I like with others more or less impossible through YouTube and I don't think it'll change anytime soon, especially as RED rolls out globally. I could bypass that by using a VPN but I don't want to bother when there are other platforms I could use like Niconico and Bandcamp.

This is just personal anecdote though. The vast majority would find YouTube RED a pleasant improvement to their overall experience and that's a-okay!
BluSkyGreenGrassMay 20, 2016
Oh interesting....thanks for this information!

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