YouTube’s new subscription plans are a bad deal if you just want to watch videos (GOOG)

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YouTube announced two new services on Thursday that will replace its paid YouTube Red service.
YouTube Music Premium will be a music streaming service and will compete with Spotify and Apple Music.
YouTube Premium includes YouTube Music, as well as ad-free video and video downloads.
But there’s no option just for video-based benefits, so you’ll have to pay for YouTube Music even if you only want the premium video plan.

YouTube announced on Thursday that it’s restructuring its paid YouTube Red service into two new services that are launching on May 22, including YouTube Music Premium and YouTube Premium.

YouTube Music Premium offers ad-free music, listening in the background (without having to be in the app to listen), and music downloads for $10/month.

YouTube Premium offers everything from YouTube Music Premium, but with ad-free video, playing videos in the background without having to be in the app, video downloads, and access to YouTube originals for $12/month.

Here’s a handy chart that makes what each plan offers clear:

But what if you already have a music streaming service, and you just want the video-based benefits of YouTube Premium, like ad-free video and video downloads?

Unfortunately, there’s no choice for you.

Missing in YouTube’s new plan is a video-only option that costs less than the YouTube Premium service for those who just want the video-based benefits of YouTube’s Premium plan, like ad-free viewing and — I suppose — YouTube Originals like Cobra Kai. To get those benefits, you have to sign up for the YouTube Premium service, where you’re also paying for YouTube’s new Music service.

That’s a bad deal if you already subscribe to a music streaming service like Spotify or Apple Music and you’re happy with it. If all you want are the video-based benefits of YouTube Premium, you’d essentially be …read more

Source:: Business Insider


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