Code never lies, and a particular string of code extracted from the new Android YouTube 5.3 app seems to imply that the world’s biggest online video service is getting ready to introduce an ad-free subscription feature.
The code was originally excavated by bloggers Android Police, and seems to reveal a number of possible options which will soon be available to users. The new code will allow users to keep music on YouTube running in the background, play music and videos offline, as well as offering uninterrupted playback without any adds. All of these features seem to point towards the idea that YouTube will soon be offering a subscription service to its users.
Currently, there is no indication as to whether the service will be for music only, or whether the subscription will extend to videos as well. Whilst Google already has its own (somewhat unfortunately names) Google Play Music All Access as a subscription service, it is possible that this will be absorbed into the far more popular YouTube platform.
Whilst paying for an add-free service will be a great resource for those who choose to subscribe, it also likely means that the rest of us will face a YouTube peppered with even more ads than before. When contacted for comment by GigaOM, Google did not deny that they were working on such a service. “We’re always working on new and better ways for people to enjoy YouTube content … However, we have nothing to announce at this time,” said Google’s official statement.