YouTube Red, the long-anticipated £6.50-a-month ad-free YouTube, launched today. Whether or not watching ads is worth that is up to you, but one thing is very obvious: don’t get our subscription via the App Store.
Apple has the option to subscribe to things on iOS, using your existing method of payment on the App Store. It’s convenient! But also expensive: Apple charges companies a 30 percent cut of all subscriptions sold, an amount that Google is choosing to pass on to the customers.
In other words, a £6.50 subscription costs £8.45 when bought on iOS. Given that you’re buying exactly the same goddamn thing, save yourself a couple of quid, and head over to YouTube itself on October 28th. [Ars Technica]