YouTube Music & Premium now boast 50 million subscribers

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After almost 6 years since YouTube’s launch, the video streaming site now boasts 50 million Music and Premium subscribers.

The milestone marks a 30 percent increase from December of last year, which indicates that a great number of users are willing to enhance their free YouTube experience by paying to subscribe to the premium version. 

However, the Google-owned company did not release how the 50 million subscribers are divided. Hence, it remains unclear whether the users are subscribed to YouTube Music or Premium or if they’re using the services’ free one-month trial.

In Google’s recent blog post, the tech giant described YouTube as the fastest-growing music-subscription service, stating that “Music and Premium subscriptions are key pillars of YouTube’s monetization, enabling unique content and communities to flourish.”

The streaming site went on to add that it has paid out $4 billion to the music industry in the past 12 months.

“When Lil Nas X released the music video for “INDUSTRY BABY” with Jack Harlow, fans from all over the world got to watch the Premiere of the new visual all together for the first time. But the fan experience and engagement with Lil Nas X’s new release didn’t stop there,” Lyor Cohen, Global Head of Music wrote in a letter to YouTube.

“They were able to learn the lyrics, hear the artists break down the meaning, create a YouTube Short with the track, listen to the rapper’s back catalogue and learn more about the rapper’s story in his own words. No other platform facilitates this level of depth and exploration for music fans,” Cohen added.

YouTube Music Premium is priced $9.99 a month in the U.S. and allows users to listen and download ad-free music. YouTube Premium costs $11.99 a month also in the U.S. and gifts subscribers access to all of the benefits of YouTube Music, with the addition of being able to download and watch regular videos ad-free.

Premium subscribers also have the option to play videos in the background while they’re working or enjoying another app, as well as when their phone is locked.

So, for individuals who dedicate a great amount of time watching non-music videos on the site, subscribing to get the added benefits will result in a much better experience in exchange for an affordable amount of money.