YouTube's new fan funding feature lets you donate to your favorite channel owners

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Tue 2:01am by: Jon Russell

YouTube is strongly rumored to be launching a subscription-based music service soon, but the Google-owned video site has quietly introduced a new (and far lower-key) payment service that lets viewers send donations to YouTube channel owners. First noticed by the astute folks at Android Police, the fan funding feature in initially available in four countries: the US, Australia, Japan, and Mexico. If you live in any of these places, then you may notice the below pop up appear inside Youtube.com or the service's mobile apps if the channel owner has turned it on. A ‘tips jar' is not going to replace revenue from advertising, but YouTubers...

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