Tuesday, February 26, 2013

YouTube Taking Another Step Towards Paid Subscriptions?


YouTube has recently been reported to be launching paid subscriptions which was essentially confirmed while reviewing YouTube's updated Android application code. In addition, Google is rumored to be working on a streaming music service which may offer you the ability to purchase a subscription via YouTube for songs (audio only) and music videos.

In my opinion, a YouTube survey sent out by email today is another indication of an impending subscription purchase plan. The timing and questions seem to point towards a premium service while the answers may help them decide on the launch channels. What do you think?

Below are the questions (slightly modified/shortened, please see images for exact content and setup).
YouTube always wants to improve and deliver the best experience to you. On the next few pages, please tell us how we are doing.

How often do you access YouTube?
          Daily
          Weekly
          Monthly
          Less than once a month, but within the past year
          Not in the past year, but have accessed previously
Please indicate how strongly you agree or disagree with the following statements:
          It is a good alternative to TV
          It is a place I want to go to every day
          It has content that is professionally made
          It is a place for high quality channels
          It has cutting edge content
Please name any YouTube channels or YouTube personalities/stars that come to mind:
Which statement best describes how you use YouTube?
          I watch videos and occasionally make a video and upload it
          I only watch videos
          I watch videos and make videos regularly to share on my channel