YouTube working on a mobile app for creators and new revenue options

YouTube working on a mobile app for creators and new revenue options
YouTube would not be anything close to what it is without the creators that have adopted the platform. The creators bring original content, remixes, and mashups in all different categories; and, YouTube obviously wants to foster this community as much as possible. In that effort, YouTube has announced that it is working on a mobile app for creators, new revenue options, and more.

The plan is an ambitious one: YouTube wants to bring all of the power of its content creation tools to mobile devices. However, it sounds like to start it will just be a standalone app to help creators manage their channels and get easy access to comments and analytics. It is unclear if the video editing tools will be in the first release, but YouTube is working with creators to find out what features are most important, and where it needs to focus its efforts. 

Of course, creator tools are a nice way to make people happy, but a much better way is giving them more options for making money. Right now, the vast majority of revenue for creators comes from ads, but YouTube is working on some interesting ways to allow for more revenue generation for creators (and likely YouTube itself). YouTube has mentioned that it is looking into various ways, but two stand out. First is a plan to allow creators to ask for donations directly. This is presumably to bring donations into Google's ecosystem, and setting up something (likely Google Wallet) to compete with options like PayPal and Subbable.

The other option is one that no one saw coming: revenue sharing on royalties for musicians who perform covers or make remixes and mashups on YouTube. The music community on YouTube has always had a strained relationship with the Recording Industry Association of America (to be fair, a lot of groups have had a strained relationship with the RIAA). So, if YouTube has found a way to let its creators share in the revenue there, it could be a big change for the platform. 

No word on when the changes or the mobile app will come. YouTube is still in the process of getting feedback from creators on what features are most important to have in the app. 


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4 Comments

1. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

If Google wants to make YouTube better, they should get rid of the Google+ garbage and go back to the old YouTube accounts.

2. tadaa

Posts: 267; Member since: Apr 18, 2013

And while they're at it, a wp app would be much appreciated too

3. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

how about an official youtube app for WP?

4. Kamehameha

Posts: 44; Member since: Apr 21, 2014

Agree with the comments... YouTube on WP pretty please...

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