Hate having to sit through ads while watching videos on YouTube? According to a new report, you’ll soon be able to pay to avoid them.
Sources speaking to Re/code say that Google is prepping a new YouTube subscription service that’ll actually include two services: an updated version of YouTube Music Key, which is currently bundled into Google Play Music and lets you play music videos in the background, and the ability to watch anything on YouTube without ads. Pricing is expected to be set at $10 per month.
As for when this new YouTube subscription service will launch, the current target is reportedly the end of October. That date is supported by an email that YouTube recently sent to content creators, urging them to agree to a new set of terms by October 22. If they don’t, their “videos will no longer be available for public display or monetization in the United States.”
Offering an ad-free subscription to YouTube makes sense. Lots of folks hate having to sit through ads no matter their length, and so offering an ad-free version of YouTube could be a good way for Google to make some more cash. A $10 per month fee for an ad-free YouTube that also lets you play music videos in the background seems like a reasonable price, and while not everyone will pay that, it’ll be nice to have the option.
What do you think of this YouTube subscription? Would you pay $10 per month for an ad-free YouTube?