It was clear from the beginning that YouTube Music was meant to be a direct replacement for Google Play Music, and Google has just announced that YouTube Music will be the default preloaded music player for new Android 10 and Android 9 devices.
"Music fans on Android phones can now easily unlock the magic of YouTube Music, which installs on all new devices launched on Android 10 (and Android 9), including the Pixel series," said Google.
"Once you've started your new device, just look for the YouTube Music icon and listen to it, if you do not already have Android 10, do not worry – just visit the Play Store to get the app. "
The transition will take a while – YouTube Music was launched in November 2015 – but Android 10 brings Google Play Music (still available for download) even closer to the bottom.
The music sounds better with YouTube
YouTube Music is nearing its third birthday, but does not have much of the functionality of its predecessor. An important feature that is still missing is the ability to upload local MP3 files to the cloud and stream them everywhere.
This is still one of the best tricks Google Play Music can do. So you can create your own Spotify, which you can access from anywhere. Google has agreed that YouTube Music may do so.
An upgrade added to YouTube Music is an option to play files stored on a local device, either a phone or a tablet. This is really crucial for a music player app that is supposed to be the default for Android.
As YouTube Music extends beyond Android to Smart Speaker, it may now be time to give it a try, if you have not already done so (free access and subscription access are available).
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