“Google Inc. is rolling out an ad-free subscription service, YouTube Red, along with a host of original programming to lure paying subscribers to its massive YouTube platform,” Hannah Karp reports for The Wall Street Journal. “YouTube Red will cost $9.99 a month for Android users when it launches in the U.S. next week after years of development. It will be available when subscribers sign on a variety of devices and apps, including a new YouTube Music app that is set to launch later this year. ”
“YouTube Red will expand to other major markets next year. For users of iPhones and other Apple Inc. devices, the service will cost $12.99 a month,” Karp reports. “The subscription price for Apple users is more expensive because Apple charges app makers a 30% fee on in-app purchases such as subscriptions, a Google spokeswoman said.”
MacDailyNews Take: Well, fsck you very much, Google. Petulantly driving away your YouTube users who have money and have demonstrated the actual will to spend it, instead of smartly absorbing the cost of doing business in the world’s premiere mobile app store in order to gain access to the world’s best customers, is not the best business plan, geniuses. Android settlers paying $10/mo. for anything? Bwahahahahahaha!
“Google has for several years offered a separate $10-a-month music-subscription service, Google Play Music,” Karp reports. “But its subscriber base is much smaller than the 20 million subscribers paying for Spotify AB and the 6.5 million subscribers paying for Apple’s three-month-old Apple Music, according to people familiar with the matter.”
MacDailyNews Take: Because those who settle for Google Android devices are either cheapskates or poor and/or just using their pretend iPhones as phones and not much else (see related articles below), they’re certainly not going to be paying – gasp! – to stream YouTube content.
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MacDailyNews Take: Pfft.
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