YouTube launches YouTube Red in Australia

Alex Kidman 18 May 2016

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Sick of ads all over your YouTube videos? Google has a solution for that, with the ad-free subscription YouTube Red service launching in Australia today.

YouTube Red is a subscription YouTube service that strips the ads out of YouTube videos, as well as allowing for offline video saving and offering a small selection of premium YouTube content only available to subscribers. It launched in the US last year, and Google promised earlier this year it would roll out in Australia later in 2016.

How much will it cost?

The official full pricing for YouTube Red in Australia will be $11.99 per month. For the launch Google is running a short-term special price of $9.99 per month if you sign up before 6 June 2016. Google is also running a 30-day free trial of the service at launch.

If you’re already a Google Play Music subscriber, the launch of YouTube Red is especially good news, because while the two could be seen to be competitive, what with the plethora of music content on YouTube already, Google instead treats them as complimentary products. That means that if you’re already a Google Play subscriber, you’ll automatically get access to YouTube Red as part of that subscription. The same is true in reverse; sign up for YouTube Red and you’re automatically a Google Play subscriber too.

One pricing catch to be aware of is that the iOS version of the app includes Apple’s cut of the subscription price, which means it’s more expensive to sign up that way. Our advice would be to trial the service, and if it suits your needs, sign up from a desktop browser and then use the iOS app for actual playback.

YouTube Music

Google has officially launched YouTube Music as a standalone app in Australia. While it’s still perfectly feasible to "listen" to YouTube music and playlists via the direct YouTube app, like the Gaming app, YouTube Music has a few additional features.If you’re also a YouTube Red subscriber, you can save music for playback offline, as well as switching between video and audio only playback. The app can run as a background service, so other applications or notifications don’t interrupt the flow of music. It’s available as an Android and iOS app now.

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