Rumors of YouTube creating paid subscription channels may not be so far-fetched, as the folks at AndroidPolice have uncovered some code in a recent app update that are quite specific. Though no details have been given, this code pretty much confirms it.
<string name=”paid_channel_subscribe_message”>You can only subscribe to this paid channel on your computer.</string>
<string name=”paid_channel_unsubscribe_message”>You can only unsubscribe from this paid channel on your computer.</string>
At the same time, The Wall Street Journal has also suggested that Google has been talking with record labels to create its own Spotify-like music streaming service and at the same time apply it to YouTube as well. It seems Google is well on its way to becoming another media giant, but will this change be beneficial? Other paid media services have proven that people are willing to pay for premium content, but the problem is these services are usually restricted to US shores. The Philippines is only one of many who can only watch from afar and dream of such services arriving, but hopefully YouTube will be opening up its paid subscription channels to other countries as well.
Source: Android Police