One of the most popular operating system in the world, Android, is developed by Google. Although Android is open-source, Google develops on top of it and improves and provides updates as well. While Android is great and we have no problems with it, Google’s plans regarding its apps are a problem for sure. We have seen multiple cases where Google develops apps, promotes it very well and then just kills it because not enough users use it.
Now, a similar thing has happened once again and this one will have a much bigger impact because we have learnt that Google Play Music will now be replaced as the default music app on Android devices. In place of Google Play Music, you will now have YouTube Music which will be pre-installed as well. From the launch of YouTube Music, it was apparently visible that it would replace Google Play Music. So even though Google made this announcement very late, it is better late than never.
YouTube Music product manager Brandon Bilinski wrote “Google Play Music listeners with new Android 10 devices can continue to enjoy Google Play Music by downloading it from the Play Store and logging into their accounts,”. Now that the Google Play Music are told to switch to YouTube Music, we also expect the addition of user uploads and libraries feature to the new app. As of now, Google says that they are “still working on it” regarding the features mentioned above.
Apart from becoming the default app on Android 9 Pie and later devices, the app will also be pre-installed. So you no longer need to download YouTube Music on your new device. This also shows that YouTube is pushing people towards its YouTube Music Premium subscription which is bundled with the YouTube Premium plan. While we understand this move from Google, it also feels like the company is forcing users to subscribe to it.