Before you totally freak out, relax: your typical YouTube videos will remain free. (Phew!) The new subscription service, called YouTube Red, won't take away any free content, but it will start charging interested subscribers who want to take advantage of the new features. These features include ad-free video play (so bye, bye, Tampax commercials before your cute puppy videos), the ability to save videos for offline play, and exclusive content from YouTube personalities. YouTube Red users will also have ad-free access to yet-to-be-launched app YouTube Music, which builds personalized song playlists.
The features of YouTube Red definitely sound cool, but I'm not so sure the price tag is worth it. The YouTube Red subscription fee is $9.99 per month, which isn't terrible until you consider the other services you could be paying for as well, like Netflix, Spotify, and Hulu. Ultimately, that ish adds up: I'm not sure another $9.99 charge per month for a service that doesn't supply endless Friends reruns is worth it.Of course, all of that remains to be seen: the service will officially launch on Oct. 28. Ad-haters everywhere, mark your calendars.