YouTube matches Apple Music’s discounted student rate

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YouTube Music is as little as $4.99 for students.
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Students can now subscribe to YouTube Music and YouTube Premium at a discounted rate.

Just like Apple Music for students, the price is cut by 50 percent. However, you can save even more if you sign up by January 31, 2019.

YouTube Premium launched last year as a replacement for YouTube Red. Its Music component is a competitor to the likes of Apple Music and Spotify — but it has been lacking some things its rivals have offered for some time.

When it comes to student pricing, YouTube Music catches up today.

Students pay less for YouTube Music

Eligible students can now enjoy a 50 percent discount on YouTube Premium and YouTube Music Premium.

That means you’ll pay just $4.99 a month for the latter instead of $9.99 a month, and $6.99 a month instead of $11.99 a month if you want a completely ad-free YouTube experience — plus the ability to download videos and watch YouTube Originals.

Those who sign up before January 31, 2019 will pay even less for YouTube Premium. Its price tag will be reduced to $5.99 a month, and it will remain that way for the duration of the student membership — up to four years.

Why YouTube Music is better for some

If you’re a big Apple fan, the chances are you’d rather subscribe to Apple Music. And doing so would provide access to more exclusives. But there are some reasons why YouTube Premium might be a better option.

Not only does Google’s service provide just as many tracks for unlimited streaming, but it also offers access to unofficial cover versions and all the other things you’ll find on YouTube that you can’t get anywhere else.

You can still enjoy those things on YouTube for free, of course, but you’ll have to endure ads, and more importantly, you can’t continue listening in the background on mobile without a paid subscription.