By Regardt van der Berg for NAG
If you are a YouTube fan you’ll be glad to hear that YouTube Premium has finally launched in South Africa. Formerly known as YouTube Red, this Premium service offers you an ad-free YouTube experience with a few Original titles thrown in the mix.
The monthly cost for an ad-free YouTube experience will set you back a mere R72 per month and eliminates both pre-roll ads and those annoying popups. If you’ve compiled a massive playlist of music videos, you’ll now be able to enjoy it without interruption.
The company also launched its own music streaming service called YouTube Music Premium which cleverly makes use of its extensive library of music videos to deliver an ad-free music video streaming experience. Music videos can now be played in the background when you are working in other apps and you can switch to an audio-only mode should you want to preserve data. The stand-alone app available on Android and iOS has been redesigned from the normal YouTube app to focus on a more dedicated music listening and discovery experience.
YouTube Music Premium is included in the YouTube Premium package but can also be subscribed to separately for R60 per month. If you’re a Google Play Music subscriber, you’ll be glad to know that you’ll also get access to YouTube Music for free with your existing subscription.
A nifty new feature that Google has introduced along with Music Premium is the ability to search in local South African languages and you can search by song description and lyrics.
You can sign up for a three-month trial to YouTube Premium, so check it out.