YouTube's subscription service, Red, has been out for a while now. Here's why you might want to sign up. Google's well aware that YouTube is a video powerhouse of viral hits, music videos and unique shows you cannot find anywhere else. Hoping to capitalize on its unstoppable success, Google created YouTube Red , a paid monthly subscription service with several perks that make your viewing experience better. Here's what you should know before you sign up. Editors' note: This story was originally published on February 3, It's a monthly subscription service from YouTube that removes advertisements from all videos, everywhere you watch. It was originally introduced as YouTube Music Key , a service that let you stream music and music videos from YouTube without ads. This does not apply to paid content on YouTube, such as paid channels or TV and movie purchases and rentals.
What is YouTube Red?
YouTube explicitly forbids the downloading of any YouTube videos outside of its Red service
By joining Download. Google's media streaming options are getting increasingly confusing, so some definition is in order: YouTube Red is the subscription version of YouTube, which removes ads and lets you download videos for offline viewing, among other things. You can download everything: Granted, there are already unofficial browser extensions that let you download YouTube videos, but Red's integration of the feature makes the process much cleaner. You'll get all your downloaded videos in one section, sorted by reverse chronology, and they'll stay there indefinitely, as long as you connect your device to the Internet at least every 30 days. It removes ads in a way that rewards content creators : Sure, you can block ads on any website these days, but that means less money for the site to produce content. A YouTube Red subscription eliminates all ads in a way that doesn't hurt creators. It's bundled with a high-quality music streaming service: Google Play Music isn't available on as many devices as Spotify, but it does have one major advantage: You can take your MP3s and upload them to your account, and they'll get added seamlessly to your Play Music library. This enables you to listen to certain artists who do not stream certain albums or entire catalogs. And like YouTube, it's fully Chromecast-aware, so you can wirelessly send your tunes to your home theater system.
It includes a subscription to Google Play Music and they even have a free trial for 30 days if you are still on the fence. You can also access the Settings page to set the quality of your offline videos and change whether to download over Wi-Fi only. A few more things to consider: you can only watch your offline videos if you are logged into your YouTube Red account, you cannot like or comment on a video while offline and you can watch your offline videos for up to 30 days after saving them.
With YouTube Premium, you can watch millions of videos without interruptions by ads before and during a video, including video overlay ads. You will also not see third-party banner ads and search ads. You may still see branding or promotions embedded in the content by the creator and promotional links, shelves and features in and around the content that are added or enabled by the creator. These links, shelves and features could be for their website, merchandise, a membership to their channel, event tickets, or other related destinations they are promoting. You can download videos to watch offline using the YouTube or YouTube Music app and watch auto-downloaded videos in the YouTube Kids app if these apps are available in your location and you're signed in with your YouTube Premium account.