YouTube Premium is distinct from many other video streaming platforms in that its vast majority of videos may be seen without paying anything at all, with the obvious exception of commercial interruptions.
Maybe this isn’t a big concern because you rarely use YouTube, or you’re okay with watching or skipping the occasional commercial. I use YouTube on a daily basis, and after trying out the premium service for free for a month, I was convinced to become a paying subscriber. This is one form of online video streaming that I refuse to give up.
Individual YouTube Premium memberships cost $11.99 per month, with family memberships covering up to six people per household for $17.99 per month. All of us need to be careful with our money, therefore I suggest doing this instead of signing up for YouTube Red through the iOS app, which costs $15.99 per month.
In short, YouTube Premium gives you access to ad-free content across all YouTube platforms (Originals, Kids, and Music), the option to save videos for offline watching, access to additional members-only material through YouTube Originals, and the opportunity to play videos in the background.
There are many advantages to being a member, and some of them may be unfamiliar to you.
1. Background play
Like many other YouTube Premium users, I find this to be an invaluable resource. If you’ve ever watched a video in the YouTube app on your mobile device and then swiped away to access another app (like your web browser or email client), you know that the movie automatically pauses. If you upgrade to Premium, this won’t happen to you.
I’m fantastic at juggling multiple tasks at once, but I’m terrible at sitting still and focusing on anything like a YouTube video because of my short attention span.
It’s great that I can now multitask by listening to a video while using another app to do something else, like checking the weather or placing a takeout order. Virtually any video on YouTube may be converted into a podcast in a matter of seconds. Honestly, I can’t think of anything better.
2. YouTube Music
Despite my extensive music consumption, it wasn’t until I subscribed to YouTube Premium that I really got into the idea of a subscription music service. My automobile is 13 years old and doesn’t have Bluetooth, but I still use the MP3 player I got when I was in my early twenties.
And thus I never felt the urge to join up for Spotify or a comparable service. However, with my YouTube Premium account, I have access to an ad-free version of YouTube Music, and while I still can’t use it in my car (at least not by playing it through the speakers via Bluetooth), I do use it every day while I work, sometimes all day, and I listen on my phone when I work out or do chores.
Both YouTube and its user base have amassed an incredible amount of user-made playlists that may be saved, streamed, or explored. Music can be downloaded for offline listening. There is also a YouTube Music app and website.
3. YouTube Kids
Since I don’t have any children of my own, I asked a parent friend to give me a rundown on the last lesser-known benefit of YouTube Premium. I’ve heard that YouTube Kids is fantastic since it gives parents a lot of control over their children’s viewing experience and only lets them see videos that are appropriate for their children’s ages (and disable the search function).
Moreover, the parent I questioned said that the controls were simple to implement and that the usage statistics provided insight into what his child was seeing. With YouTube Premium, not only can videos be downloaded for offline watching, but YouTube Kids is now ad-free.
All the parents I know are grateful for the opportunity to limit their children’s exposure to potentially frightening material on the internet.
Maybe you haven’t thought about getting a YouTube Premium subscription before, but if you’re like me and detest skipping advertisements (or worse, viewing them), if you like to listen to videos while doing other things on your phone, if you like to stream music, or if you have kids, you should!