YouTube Music Will Come Pre-Installed on All Future Android 10 Devices
YouTube Premium dropped last year along with two brand new apps YouTube Music and YouTube Music Premium. If the nomenclature confuses you, don't worry, it got to me too. Since then, Google has been priming it to be Play Music's successor. The music streaming service has a long way to go before it can match up with the likes of Spotify and Apple music, but it's getting there, albeit slowly. Today, in yet another push to make Youtube Music more mainstream, Google just announced that all future devices that release with Android Pie and 10 would come with the app preinstalled, as confirmed by Google's blog post:
Music fans on Android phones can now easily unlock the magic of YouTube Music, which will come installed on all new devices launching with Android 10 (and Android 9), including the Pixel series.
We can expect the upcoming Pixel 4 series to come with YouTube Music instead of Play Music. The former also reportedly supports the Pixel 4's Motion Sense. It'll be interesting to see how that works. Play Music will have to be downloaded off the Play Store manually on all future Android devices. YouTube Music currently has a little over 15 million subscribers, compared to Spotify's 100 million and Apple Music's 60 million. The service is by no means perfect and lacks a lot of key features that people take for granted.
If you're an existing Google Play Music subscriber, you'll be able to get YouTube Music for the same price. As a long-time Play Music subscriber, I'm more concerned about how Google will migrate content between the two platforms. I'd appreciate it if Google just let me migrate playlists, uploaded music and the likes between the two already. It is unclear as to when Google Play Music will get the ax, but it's slowly getting pushed to the sidelines, indicating that its end will come sooner rather than later.