It was never really publicised, but Google Play Music subscribers in certain countries used to get 10% off apps, movies and music on Google Play. Emphasis on the words ‘used to’ because that perk has just disappeared.
I mention it on here due to very few sites picking up on this – I did tip a well-known Android-related site who completely ignored it – plus I think I was one of the first to notice the change. So yeah, just call me Smuggy McSmug.
Anyway, since late 2015 Play Music subscribers were able to save 10% on Google Play purchases to make up for the lack of the ad-free YouTube Red service, which is intertwined with Play Music in places like the USA, Australia and Mexico.
Now in fairness, the promotion page in the UK does state the discount was only for a limited period of time, and it did run for almost 18 months, so it was hardly a narrow window of opportunity. Its removal is, however, mildly annoying.
But first, confirmation from Google Play on Twitter that the discount has indeed be discontinued.
@daniscross Hi Dan. This was just a promotion discount which has now ended. Feel free to reach out if you have any other questions.
— Google Play (@GooglePlay) March 17, 2017
People on Reddit also confirmed the promotion had been pulled from Canada, Russia and presumably anywhere else that does not have access to YouTube Red at the moment.
What can we deduce from this? Well maybe it means YouTube Red will soon be rolling out to a wider audience. Personally, I would rather continue with the 10% discount on Google Play.