Google-owned YouTube, the popular online video-sharing platform, has decided to reward its YouTube Premium customers of more than six years, a year of free service, according to a report from 9to5Google.
This update was reported by a Redditor u/Mental-prison who received a “Time to celebrate” prompt in YouTube Music for Android.
The message read, “You’re using YouTube Premium since 2222 days (or precisely 3,199,680 minutes) and we want to thank you for your incredible support. We’ve just enabled a little something on your account for you: YouTube and YouTube Music ad-free, offline, and in the background. 12-months free. That’s on us!”
While Redditor u/Mental-prison was the only person to report this update in the community, a couple of Premium users have responded to him saying that they too should be able to know about the free service in a week or so, as they are nearing that mark.
Whether this free service is just a one-off case or would be made widely available to other YouTube Premium users, we shall get to know about it very soon.
YouTube Premium (formerly known as YouTube Red) costs $11.99 per month and allows users to watch an extensive collection of movies and TV series. Any sort of original content on YouTube can be accessed via YouTube Premium. It also offers ad-free and background playback, Music Premium, the early testing ability of some features as well as offline downloads for YouTube videos.
Meanwhile, some Premium users have raised concerns about the joining date reflecting in their YouTube app, especially for those who had migrated their Google Play Music subscription to YouTube Music. Apparently, the subscription date in such cases is reflecting their recent migration date to YouTube Music and not the original subscription date to Google Play Music.
“I’ve had YouTube Red for years, but when Google made the switch to YouTube Music, you had to transfer the account over. So my YouTube premium shows as July 9th, 2020 instead of years before. Pretty crappy imo,” wrote one Twitter user.
“Same, was subbed to Google Play Music in 2018 which included ad free YouTube but YouTube shows June 17th 2020 as when joined YouTube Premium,” wrote another Twitter user.
Going by the promotion and the concerns raised by users, it seems that the offer is currently applicable only on YouTube’s Premium service.