Are you considering canceling your Youtube Premium subscription? Well, for just the price of a Starbucks double-smoked bacon sandwich and a coffee, you’re getting an immense value across Youtube, Youtube Music, and Youtube Kids, and Google is keen on reminding you of it. A new Youtube Premium benefits section has popped up in the Youtube app for some and it’s pretty eye-opening.
If you tap on your profile image at the top right of the app, you will be presented with the new benefits overview, which will be marked with a red and white “P” icon. Upon opening it, you’ll see an overview of your Youtube usage since your account was created. At the top, Google tells you how long you’ve been an active member and then shows you how many Ad-free videos you’ve watched, how much you’ve utilized their ‘Background play’ feature, which allows you to click your phone screen off and continue hearing audio uninterrupted (This used to be free), and how much music you’ve listened to on Youtube Music.
For some of you trying this right now, it may be a bit baffling to see the amount you’ve benefited from the service since you began using it and I think that’s Google’s play here. Is it a way to guilt-trip users into keeping the service? Sure, maybe, but it’s a pretty honest and clever way to do it. After all, how often does someone present you with everything they’ve done for you and ask you not to go spend your $12 elsewhere?
If you scroll further down the page, you’ll see recommendations for more videos and even frequently asked questions that remind you how to take advantage of each feature offered to you. Not everyone is seeing the benefits page yet, so keep checking, if you’re interested. It’s kind of intriguing to see how much time you’ve blown on watching videos and listening to music, so if nothing else, it will make for some good entertainment.
As you can see below in the screenshot of my benefits page, I’ve watched over a month of Youtube videos straight on just this account alone. I had, at one point, considered canceling my Youtube Premium, but then I logged into Youtube to search for how-to videos on a non-premium account and got a few ads before running back to safety. The joy of having an uninterrupted learning experience on any subject my heart desires and listening to any music I want without someone invading my ears is well worth the $12 bucks I pay per month. Sure, you could just use your own vinyl records or CDs for music, but learning from others on the second largest search engine in the world and doing it ad-free for a small fee per month isn’t so bad, in my opinion. Now, is it unrealistic for me to expect Youtube TV to get rid of their ads too since I’m paying almost a hundred dollars each month for their services?