YouTube Red to Premium Incoming Price Hike (~ USD $2/Month) - Can Secure Existing Rates if Susbscribing Now @ YouTube

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This post is for those interested in YouTube Red and Google Play Music Subscriptions or existing subscribers of these services.

Not sure of the exact price hike due to exchange rates and the limited information from the announcement, but it's around USD $2/month.

As of this post, there is no confirmed date of when YouTube Red and Google Play Music will transition to YouTube Premium in New Zealand.

The new YouTube Premium includes:

  • The new YouTube Music: ad-free, with background listening and downloads
  • More, bigger original series and movies
  • Ad-free, background play, and downloads across YouTube

YouTube Premium rolls out soon in existing markets.
YouTube Premium will be available for $11.99 per month (U.S. price) or you can unlock the full experience of the new YouTube Music by itself with Music Premium for $9.99 per month (U.S. price).

When YouTube Premium launches, YouTube Red members will automatically receive access at their current price. In countries where YouTube Red is currently available, a new member can also secure this price ($9.99 in the U.S.) by joining now at

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    I found the press release a little confusing as to what was happening for existing customers of the services. I subscribed to Play music on launch at a lifetime rate of $10.99/month. That later decreased to $9.99/month when they launched Youtube red at a special rate, and included it as part of the music subscription. So now I have music and youtube red for $9.99/month. I can't figure out what will happen to my subscription now, it wasn't clear. I think that I'll end up with youtube music but need to pay more for the youtube premium bit. Anybody have a better understanding than me?