YouTube music adds to the long list of Google apps such as Gmail, YouTube, Google messages, etc. that come pre-installed on millions of Android devices.
It also means that YouTube Music is one of the Android apps that one cannot uninstall or even disable on some specific smartphone brands.
Interestingly, Google Play Music which is the older music service, still comes installed on Android devices. Back in April, the tech giant stopped accepting any new sign-ups from music artists for the Google Play Artist Hub.
According to Google, the move was part of its plan to replace Google Play Music with YouTube Music. However, there is no official timeline to the removal of Google Play Music, if at all.
Other than two separate music services offering similar content, Google has left us with a lot of confusion in terms of its subscription service.
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The company initially started with YouTube Red, a paid subscription tier for all the YouTube Originals. Later, rebranded it to YouTube Premium which now provides paid access to YouTube Music as well as Google Play Music.
Also, paying users of Google Play Music have full access to YouTube Music, however, it doesn’t include the premium features of the regular YouTube app such as ad-free experience and YouTube originals.
YouTube Music app already has the advantage of holding the biggest music library, thanks to the fact that any YouTube music video can be tuned for offline play.
Now, the app preinstalled on Android devices will certainly have a severe impact on the other best music streaming services such as Spotify, Apple Music, etc.