Friday, November 25

How to beat YouTube Red’s price hike

Starting tomorrow (May 22), YouTube Red will become YouTube Premium, and it will also cost 20 percent more, going to $ 11.99 per month from $ 9.99 per month. But you don’t have to pay that higher price to get the benefits Premium offers, if you act fast.

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Existing subscribers, as well as those who subscribe today (May 21), prior to the change, will be able to maintain the current price of $ 9.99 per month. Of course, that’s always subject to change, as month-to-month billing means YouTube may change its mind at some point in the future.

But, as I tell people when they ask me why I pay for YouTube Red, the price is worth it to me. Not only does the service give you an ad-free YouTube (getting rid of car insurance ads on its own is awesome), but it also allows you to save videos for offline viewing, which I take advantage of during my commute and travel.

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Another major benefit of YouTube Red is listening to clips in the background on mobile devices, so you can multitask and stay on track. You also have access to YouTube Originals, such as Cobra Kai (the Karate Kid reboot) and the upcoming animated series Dallas & Robo, which tells the story of a drunken space trucker and his robot companion, voiced, respectively, by Kat Dennings and John. Dinner.

Also, if you subscribe to YouTube Red before the change, you also get Google Play Music, a music streaming service.

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YouTube Red’s transition to YouTube Premium is part of the launch of YouTube Music, Spotify’s new competitor to the service, which will launch in both free and paid tiers ($ 9.99 per month to get rid of ads). YouTube Premium will cost more, in part, because it includes YouTube Music Premium.

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