Changes to YouTube Premium offerings in South Korea

Beginning on 2 September 2020, we're making some changes to our Premium membership options in South Korea. Here's what you can expect:

  • YouTube Music will become a paid subscription service.
  • The price of YouTube Premium will increase for new sign-ups.
  • Existing YouTube Premium members will keep their access to YouTube Premium, which includes access to YouTube Music Premium, at their current price.

For details on each of these changes, read more below. 

Changes to YouTube Music 

We are excited to offer YouTube Music Premium, our paid music subscription service, in South Korea. With YouTube Music Premium, you get a variety of benefits in the YouTube Music app, including ad-free listening, background play, the ability to download music for offline listening and more. To sign up for a YouTube Music Premium membership, follow the steps here.

With the launch of YouTube Music Premium, there will be some changes for ad-supported YouTube Music listeners. You will need to purchase YouTube Music Premium if you want to stream music on the YouTube Music app or music.youtube.com. Or, you can stream music on the YouTube app or youtube.com, with ads. 

Note that if you are an ad-supported YouTube Music user from another country and you travel to South Korea, you will not be able to use YouTube Music to stream music content while you are in South Korea. 

Changes to YouTube Premium

On 2 September 2020, the price of YouTube Premium for new users in South Korea will increase. 

If you are a current YouTube Premium member in South Korea and you keep your membership active, you will continue to have access to all of your Premium benefits at no additional cost. Your Premium benefits include an ad-free experience, background play and downloads across the millions of videos on YouTube, as well as access to YouTube Music Premium. 

If you become a YouTube Premium member on 2 September 2020 or after that date, there will be a new price for this membership option. The new price will also apply if you cancel a current YouTube Premium membership and sign up again on or after 2 September 2020.

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