Here are the 5 YouTube apps and what they do
Price: Free / $ 12.99 per month
YouTube is the basic YouTube experience. It lets you manage your subscriptions, watch videos, comment, create playlists, watch movies (if you buy them), watch live streams, and interact with YouTube Originals content. This also includes things like subscriptions, comments, and a discovery section based on your tastes. Most people are familiar with this app and what it does. This is probably the app you use and know best. YouTube Premium is an optional subscription for $ 12.99 per month. It opens YouTube Originals content, removes advertising, allows background playback, etc. It also gives you a subscription to YouTube Music and Google Play Music for one of the best combinations of video and music streaming available anywhere. There is also YouTube Go for those in developing countries. It works like a scaled-down version of YouTube with less data usage.
Price: Free / $ 12.99 per month
YouTube Kids is like YouTube Gaming, but for kids. It removes most of the content on YouTube and only shows kid-friendly content. It offers multiple profiles for multiple children, channel blocking, faster video reports than the classic YouTube app, and other parental controls. Most of the videos are educational. It’s not bad for what it is. There were some issues at the beginning with bad publicity and stuff. However, the service is generally clean now. YouTube Red removes ads and provides YouTube Kids with other features.
Price: Free / $ 9.99 to $ 12.99 per month
YouTube Music replaced Google Play Music as Google’s primary music streaming app at the end of 2020. It works like a regular streaming app with a few extra features. You can listen to songs, create playlists (including shared playlists), create a library, and do other things. You can also watch music videos directly from the app. The big draw is the access to millions upon millions of songs on YouTube that you usually can’t find on Spotify or other big competitors. Google is still developing YouTube Music. If you go this route, we recommend adding the extra few dollars for YouTube Premium (which includes YouTube Music) because you can kill two birds with one stone.
YouTube Studio is an app for YouTube creators. It allows you to upload your videos, fill in all the information and manage your channel in different ways. You have access to analytics, comment filters, monetization settings, thumbnail image downloads, and you can even manage your channel’s playlists. It receives consistent updates and works as advertised most of the time. However, you don’t need it unless you upload videos consistently.
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Price: Free / $ 450 per month (plus add-ons)
YouTube TV is the last great YouTube app. This is YouTube’s live TV app and there aren’t a lot of actual YouTube videos. For $ 40 a month, you get several dozen over-the-air cable TV channels. The app also includes exclusive YouTube Originals content. It features most of the popular channels, some local sports and news channels, as well as add-ons like HBO for the extra money. The user interface is exceptional, the endless cloud storage is a godsend, and six account profiles make it family-friendly. It can be used on three simultaneous screens at the same time and each profile has its own DVR, recommendations and home page.