I am nearing the end of my 30-day YouTube Premium trial period, and to my surprise, I am strongly considering renewing it.
It’s a long story, but I was working with someone and had to download their video. The video was only up for a short time as a private listing, and wouldn’t be public for a few days. YouTube said I had to sign up for a Premium trial to be able to download the video, and so I did.
YouTube ads are obnoxious. Sometimes the duration, frequency, and ad count is incredibly bothersome, and there are too many ads of offensively awful sound quality.
I never signed up for the 30-day trial before, simply because I thought $12/month would be a waste of money.
I tend to listen to YouTube videos in the background, and the ad-free experience has been exceptionally pleasing so far.
Maybe I shouldn’t have been so surprised, as I opt for ad-free streaming subscriptions for just a few dollars more. Every time there’s a hiccup where an ad break would be, I smile to myself, knowing the extra premium has been well-spent.
I’ll be doing a lot of computer work these next two months, which means a lot of background streaming – shh, don’t tell my boss. Unskippable ads and mid-stream injections will add up.
I suppose this is exactly what free trials are for, and not how I treat them as free pre-subscription periods.
$12/month seems a little excessive, but I might pay for another month and see how it goes.