YouTube Music is kicking Google Play Music apart as Android’s pre-packaged music player, YouTube announced Friday. The app will come bundled with all devices launching with Android 10.
Google’s talked about this switchover since YouTube Music launched in 2015, and the service’s design overhaul last year appeared to hint that Google Play Music’s days may be numbered. For all of Google’s other industry knockouts, its music player never quite racked up the identical type of cultural clout or user base as competitors like Spotify and Apple Music. In the meantime, YouTube has maintained a powerful foothold as a type of de facto music streaming platform for a lot of of its billion-plus users, and their viewing histories are automatically carried over to YouTube Music.
While Google has slowly been migrating features from its original music player to YouTube Music, its interface still feels a bit clunky in comparison with what you’d find with rival services though it’s still a huge improvement in comparison with its debut design, which took few notes from Spotify’s successful method. Users who at present house their tunes on Google Play Music are uneasy about the switch as well. If it does eventually get the ax, there’s no timeline as of but explaining how or if any of this information would be transferred over. Based on Tom’s Guide, the two service’s music libraries and features don’t match up entirely either.
“Music listeners with new Android 10 devices can continue to enjoy Google Play Music by downloading it from the Play Store and logging in to their accounts,” YouTube Music’s product manager Brandon Bilinski wrote in a blog post.