This move comes years after YouTube offered its paid subscription models on a monthly and quarterly basis.
The annual plans for both YouTube Premium and YouTube Music Premium are currently being offered in a few limited countries including India. Other countries include the US, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Russia, Turkey, Germany, Thailand and Japan.
As an introductory offer, YouTube is initially offering discounts on the annual plans until January 23. A yearly subscription for YouTube Premium is priced at INR 1,159, while a YouTube Music Premium subscription will set you back by INR 889.
Subscription prices without the introductory offer are yet to be revealed. The new payment plans are prepaid and non-recurring. Current YouTube Premium and YouTube Music Premium users will have to cancel their existing subscriptions or wait till they’re over before signing up fresh for the new plans’ discounts. YouTube has not announced any refunds for those who’d like to opt out of currently subscribed plans for the new annual plans.
Also, Indian subscribers on a one-month or three-month prepaid plan will be shifted to the annual plans once their prepaid plan expires. Additionally, the new annual plans are available only for individual users. Essentially, students and users with family members will not be able to get the annual plans on their accounts.
The new discounted plans are available for Android users and those using the web. However, iOS users have not been provided with an in-app sign-up option.
YouTube launched YouTube Premium and YouTube Music Premium as its ad-free subscription models in India in march 2019. Later in the year, YouTube added prepaid plans with non-recurring charges.
YouTube Music Premium monthly subscriptions start at INR 99 per month, while family plans start at INR 149 per month. Students can avail of monthly subscriptions at INR 59 per month.
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