Earlier this year, YouTube launched the paid subscription YouTube Music and YouTube Premium services in 17 countries around the world. YouTube Music is a Spotify-like experience that gives users access to hundreds of thousands of songs as well as YouTube’s impressive algorithms for sharing up new music it thinks you will like. YouTube Premium, as the name suggests, offers a subscribers an ad-free experience, the ability to download videos, and to gain access to YouTube Originals content.
Both services come at a cost though, with YouTube Music costing $9.99 a month and YouTube Premium coming in $11.99 a month. It is worth noting though, that YouTube Premium subscribers get full access to the YouTube Music service, too. If the thought of shelling out at least $10 a month on a YouTube subscription sounds a bit too rich for your blood, then we might have some good news for you. That is, if you are an officially registered student.
The student prices for both services offer heavy discounts against the full prices. For YouTube Music, students will gain full access for only $4.99 a month, which represents a massive 50% discount. Students will be able to access YouTube Premium for only $6.99 a month. If they manage to sign up before January 13, 2019, though, they’ll be able to get a YouTube Premium subscription at an extra discounted price of $5.99 a month. For full details on the student pricing click here.
Now before you go running off to sign up to a free course at the local community college, you need to realize that it doesn’t quite work like that. To be eligible for the student pricing plans you need to be a full-time student at an accredited college or university in the United States. (Sorry, rest-of-the-planet.) YouTube, however, has said that it does plan on introducing student pricing in other countries but is yet to announce when exactly it will do so.
Both programs are the latest in a long line of attempts by YouTube to muscle in on the paid subscription service market. YouTube Music pits it against the likes of Spotify, Apple Music, and Deezer while YouTube Premium should eventually see it competing with the likes of Netflix.
Content is king in these markets though, so before YouTube can start competing with Netflix and Amazon Prime it will have to start adding some compelling content to its roster.
In the meantime, what do you think about having the ability to download YouTube videos so that you can watch them offline. Is that something you think is worth paying for? Let us know in the comments below.