Confessional interview: “Yes, I subscribe to YouTube Premium and I’m not ashamed of it!”
It was a Wednesday at the office, everything was fine, I was still convinced that I was happy and that I lived in a more or less normal world, but that was before. Well, before Camila, whom I respect as a journalist and as a person, admitted to me in the greatest calm, without any embarrassment, that she was subscribed to YouTube Premium.
YouTube Premium what? Yes, you know, this application that offers YouTube Music Premium but also the SVOD YouTube Originals catalog as well as basic features such as playback with the screen off or the native Picture in Picture mode. But the main interest of this subscription is to remove advertisements, the famous “adrolls” at the beginning and in the middle of each video.
But what shocks me the most is that there wasn’t even a nervous chuckle or a blush betraying possible embarrassment. No, no, Camila discreetly announces to me that she has given in to the greatest blackmail, a hold-up, no, even worse, a virtual TAKEOVER operated by Google for years since the days of YouTube RED.
In this confessional interview, I reveal the true face of those who pay for the content they consume online. Pfft, pay for web content, what’s next?
1. Aren’t you ashamed, Camila? You know how much people laugh at YouTube Premium subscribers online. What do you have to say to your detractors?
As you know, Antoine, I’ve been around the tech world for quite a while now. Which means I’ve made many choices that are considered “out of the box”.
When everyone was using Facebook, I decided to invest in the promise of the social network of the time: Google Plus. I even remember a good friend’s comment at the time, “No Facebook, but she’s hot on G+!”
I consider myself an early adopter of anything – for better or for worse. So the fact that I pay for YouTube Premium has never been a shame.
For my detractors, I will use the phrase of the famous Brazilian literary writer Nelson Rodrigues: “All unanimity is mute!”
2. When and why did you decide to subscribe to YouTube Premium?
This may shock some people, but I’ve been using YouTube Premium since 2018! I actually started paying for the service because of YouTube Music, because I don’t have [prepare for strong statements] Spotify!
At the time, I had bought the Google Pixel 3 and – perhaps out of naivety – wanted to have an “Apple-like” experience with Google. So I chose to pay for the service. I repeat: I have not regretted it to this day!
You are part of a community of very very very very very very very very very very very very very niche users. Do you think you are better than us?
[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 safe to say that you are the kind of person who buys WinRAR or buys or even rents movies on Prime Video when you already pay for a subscription?
You got me! I’ve actually paid for a number of movies, even though I’m a Prime Video subscriber. The last title I think was The Conjuring 3, I paid 15 euros. (I can show you the purchase invoice)
I recently purchased Spike Lee’s Malcolm X on Apple TV+ as well…and am subscribed to Apple One. I can not help 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.]
4. If we listed all your subscriptions and ranked them from best to worst, would YouTube Premium be in your top 3?
No, that is definitely not the case!
5. Do you have any regrets? Don’t you think you betrayed the technosphere by giving in to Google’s blackmail?
I repeat: I have not regretted it to this day!
6. Would you recommend YouTube Premium to anyone? If so, what would be your 3 arguments for and against?
I would definitely recommend subscribing to YouTube Premium. First, not being bombarded with targeted ads on the platform makes me feel more human. I really hate being targeted by algorithmic ads. This is the most relevant point for me.
Second, I can download any video and watch it offline whenever I want, without lags or crashes and without wasting data! After all, waiting for the miracle of 5G just isn’t enough, is it?
And third, I can listen to any show or video on the platform with the phone screen off. I also have PiP functionality, and I don’t even need to mention the YouTube Music catalog without ads or limitations!
So am I still this bad?
I will not answer this question because it is time to close this moving interview. If you’ve had the strength to come this far and you or someone close to you is a YouTube Premium subscriber, know that you’re not alone. Camila is the perfect example of how you can make really bad choices and still be a good person and live a good life.
More seriously, I thank Camila for having played the game of this semi-serious format supposed to entertain you a little. I also congratulate her for not being discouraged by my questions, which were obviously not all posed literally. If you like this format, let me know in the comments.