Google has announced that YouTube Music will be preinstalled on all new devices with Android 10 and Android 9 in the future and will thus replace Google Play Music.
With the change of the pre-installed music player, away from Google Play Music to Youtube Music, Google is taking the next step to abolish the older offer. Google had already launched Youtube Music in the summer of last year but announced that Google Play Music should continue until further notice.
With the change of status as a standard app, it can be speculated that this could come to an end “for the time being”. This is contradicted by the fact that Google continues to offer the Play Music app via the Play Store so that die-hard fans can continue to download and use it.
Because there are good reasons to stay on Google Play Music. For example, YouTube Music does not allow the purchase of music and only offers limited access to local music files. Google has now launched its own app for podcasts, but it is only available for Android, not for iOS.
A bigger problem for dedicated music lovers is losing their own playlists when switching from Google Play Music to Youtube Music. So far, there is no migration strategy here, although external providers offer solutions. Music already purchased via Google Play Music or added to your own media library is also not available in Youtube Music. While these are all problems that Google could fix quite easily, so far this has not happened. For intensive users of Google Play Music, it is hoped that, as promised, the manufacturer of the problem will take care of it before pulling the plug on the offer.