YouTube Premium

Discussion in 'computers, web and general tech' started by skyscraper101, Jul 9, 2018.

  1. skyscraper101

    skyscraper101 0891 50 50 50

    YouTube Premium - YouTube

    Anyone tried this yet? They've got a 3 month free trial (£15.99 thereafter) for a no ads based experience, downloading of videos, YouTube Music, and YouTube Originals.

    £15.99 a month seems a bit excessive to me to be paying on top of Spotify and Netflix these days so I've already set a calendar reminder to cancel before the 3 months is up. But for three months of no ads and listening to YouTube in the background while doing other things on my iPhone, it's a lot nicer experience, and I think worth a look.
  2. Lord Camomile

    Lord Camomile Lemonade socialist

    I signed up for the free trial, but £15.99 does seem like a lot. No ads is certainly nice, thought I'd use the download feature a lot but so far haven't needed to (World Cup podcasts are keeping me busy on the commute).

    I've already got Spotify, so not sure how much benefit YouTube Music presents.
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  3. cybershot

    cybershot Well-Known Member

    I’m guessing the fee is based on only real music and video service. However. Drastically needs a lot more original content to make it a player. Didn’t we all just pirate cobra Kai because it wasn’t available here?
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  4. skyscraper101

    skyscraper101 0891 50 50 50

    Yep totally agree. If it was £5, I might do it just for the no ads and offline watching, but Spotify gets way more actual use and is just about worth the Premium fee when shared with the missus and my Mum. Yet I can't think of one YouTube Originals thing I've ever bothered with.

    In order to justify this, it would have to be my default music player too. And it'll take a lot of convincing for me to transfer all my Spotify playlists over to a new platform at this point.
  5. Lord Camomile

    Lord Camomile Lemonade socialist

    Yeah, I'm sure there are those who use YouTube to listen to music to rather than Spotify, but for those of us who are already invested in Spotify, not sure what the incentive is to transfer.

    Also, been wondering how the 'no-ads' situation affects creators themselves. Presumably they still get money for views of Premium users, who don't see the ads?
  6. skyscraper101

    skyscraper101 0891 50 50 50

    I'm guessing the subscription fee remunerates the creators in the same way that the ads do, in some clever calculation which no doubt benefits Google handsomely.
  7. jontz01

    jontz01 taking refuge in the loft

    Plenty of good, free, adblocking, browser extensions available for Youtube. Just putting it out there, changed my world...


    Using yt standard full time as a player at home but would be interested in how the premium service works out for you, especially re content.
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  8. Lord Camomile

    Lord Camomile Lemonade socialist

    Personally I'm yet to go anywhere near the Originals stuff. I should probably check it out at some point...
  9. skyscraper101

    skyscraper101 0891 50 50 50

    Cancelled my 3 month free trial of premium before the first paid month kicks in.

    I have to admit it was a markedly better experience being able to watch ad-free videos, download them for offline viewing, and listen to videos while the iphone screen is switched off.

    However, I judge that to be worth around £5 a month, which I'd happily pay. But £15 is just excessive with all the additional Amazon, Spotify, and Netflix accounts I'm paying for.

    I think it's time more mobile operators got in on the bundled packages game because I'd be keen to start bundling some of these into a more cost effective package. And neither one of them is going to out compete the other for quality right now. Amazon is not a patch on Netflix or Spotify but Prime is awesome, and YouTube is no competitor to either but I'd still pay a fair price for premium with no ads.
  10. Yossarian

    Yossarian free shrugs

    £15.99? Definitely a rip-off, they're charging the equivalent of £7 for the same service in Canada - I'm not convinced it'll be worth it but might give the free trial a go.
  11. Sasaferrato

    Sasaferrato Grateful for what I have.

    There is no problem in downloading YouTube video, I do it a lot.
  12. Lepton

    Lepton tiny tiny brain man

    until they ramp up encription I have no need to pay youtube, I can watch any show, download music at my will

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