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Confessional interview: “Sure, I subscribe to YouTube Premium and I am not ashamed of it!”

It was a Wednesday on the workplace, every part was going properly, I used to be nonetheless satisfied that I used to be blissful and residing in a roughly regular world, however that was earlier than. Effectively, earlier than Camila, whom I respect as a journalist and as an individual, confessed to me within the best of calmness, with none embarrassment, that she was a subscriber to YouTube Premium.

YouTube Premium what? Sure, you understand, this software that provides YouTube Music Premium but in addition the SVOD catalog YouTube Originals in addition to primary options reminiscent of playback with the display screen off or the native Image in Image mode. However the principle curiosity of this subscription is that it removes advertisements, the well-known “adrolls” in the beginning and in the midst of every video.

However what shocks me probably the most is that there wasn’t even a nervous chuckle or a blush betraying a potential embarrassment. No, no, Camila pronounces to me quietly that she has given in to the most important blackmail, a hold-up, no, even worse, a digital TAKEOVER operated by Google for years for the reason that days of YouTube RED.

On this confessional interview, I reveal the true face of those that pay for the content material they devour on-line. Pfft, paying for net content material, what’s subsequent?

1. Aren’t you ashamed, Camila? You understand how a lot folks make enjoyable of YouTube Premium subscribers on-line. What do you must say to your detractors?

As you understand, Antoine, I’ve been across the tech world for fairly a while now. Which implies that I’ve made many selections which might be thought-about “out of the field”.

When everybody was utilizing Fb, I made a decision to spend money on the social community promise on the time: Google Plus. I even bear in mind a superb pal’s remark on the time, “No Fb, however she’s on hearth on G+!”

I take into account myself an early adopter of every part that comes alongside — for higher or worse. So the truth that I pay for YouTube Premium has by no means been something to be ashamed of. 

For my critics, I am going to use the phrase of the well-known Brazilian literary author Nelson Rodrigues: “All unanimity is dumb!”

2. When and why did you determine to subscribe to YouTube Premium?

Perhaps that is stunning to some folks, however I have been utilizing YouTube Premium since 2018! I truly began paying for the service due to YouTube Music, as I haven’t got [prepare for strong statements] Spotify!

On the time, I had bought the Google Pixel 3 and – maybe in my naivety – needed to have an expertise “a la Apple” with Google. So I selected to pay for the service. I am going to say it once more: I have not regretted it to today!

You are a part of a really very very very very very very very very very very very very very area of interest group of customers. Do you assume you are higher than us?

Sure.

[Ed. note: Faced with the violence of these responses and the complete lack of remorse, I had to briefly interrupt the interview to regain my composure. Camila was staring at me and I could perceive an unhealthy smile forming on her face.]

3. Is it secure to say that you are the type of one who buys WinRAR or buys and even rents motion pictures on Prime Video whenever you already pay for a subscription?

You bought me! I truly paid for a variety of motion pictures, despite the fact that I’m a Prime Video subscriber. The final title I believe was The Conjuring 3, I paid 15 euros. (I can present you the invoice of buy)

I not too long ago purchased Spike Lee’s Malcolm X on Apple TV+ as properly… and I am an Apple One subscriber. I simply can’t assist it.

[Editor’s note: I know, this interview is getting hard to bear. I advise sensitive people to step away from their screens and not look at the screenshot provided by Camila below.]

Amazon Prime Video invoices
I do know, this picture shall be burned into your retinas / © NextPit

4. If we listed all of your subscriptions and ranked them from finest to worst, would YouTube Premium be in your high 3?

No, it’s undoubtedly not!

5. Do you have got any regrets? Do not you assume you betrayed the techosphere by giving in to Google’s blackmail?

I am going to say it once more: I have not regretted it to today!

6. Would you advocate YouTube Premium to somebody? If that’s the case, what can be your 3 arguments for and towards?

I’d undoubtedly advocate subscribing to YouTube Premium. First, not being bombarded with focused advertisements on the platform makes me really feel extra human. I actually hate being focused by algorithmic advertisements. That is probably the most related level for me.

Second, I can obtain any video and watch it offline each time I would like, with out lagging or crashing and with out losing knowledge! In spite of everything, ready for the miracle of 5G is simply not ok, proper?

And third, I can take heed to any present or video on the platform with the cellphone display screen off. I even have the PiP function, and I do not even want to say the YouTube Music catalog with out advertisements or limitations!

So, am I nonetheless that a lot of a sucker?

I will not reply that query as a result of it is time to shut this emotional interview. If you happen to’ve had the energy to make it this far and also you or somebody near you is a YouTube Premium subscriber, know that you’re not alone. Camila is the proper instance of how one can make very unhealthy selections and nonetheless be a superb individual and dwell a superb life.

On a extra severe notice, I thank Camila for taking part in together with this semi-serious format that’s presupposed to entertain you a bit. I additionally congratulate her for not letting herself be defeated by my questions, which had been clearly not all requested at face worth. If you happen to like this format, do not hesitate to inform me within the feedback.

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