In an effort to help make it easier for consumers to buy premium music streaming services, the Federal Trade Commission has unveiled a new video that will give people who subscribe to music streaming service YouTube a free trial.
The new service, which launched this week and is available in more than 140 countries, includes an optional free trial and a full trial for anyone who has a current YouTube account.
The FTC’s new video gives consumers an opportunity to watch a 30-second preview of how the service works before they commit to a full subscription, the agency said in a statement.
“YouTube is the world’s leading music streaming platform, and we are pleased to offer a free YouTube trial,” the FTC said.
“We want to give consumers the chance to get a feel for YouTube and the music streaming offerings that are available to them.”
The FTC says that while YouTube has made some major improvements in the past year, it still lags behind traditional music streaming companies like Spotify and Apple Music.
The FTC said that it would like to improve the platform in 2018 and beyond, and that its video will help to provide consumers with the information they need to make that happen.
“We are committed to improving our services to make them better for consumers, and the video will give them an opportunity before committing to a subscription,” the agency’s Chief Information Officer, Jody Long, said in the statement.
“That’s why we are announcing a free, trial trial YouTube trial.”
The video will debut on the YouTube Music app on July 23, 2018.
The free trial will last until July 27, 2020.
The full trial will be available to everyone on YouTube for $19.99 per month.