YouTube Music replaces Google Play Music as Android default player

YouTube music

The launch of YouTube Music heralded the future demise of Google Play Music. It looks like that prophecy is about to be fulfilled. As YouTube Music replaces Google Play Music default on Android phones, we take a look at this latest music app.

Google Play Music app

Music on Android 10

Following on from the announcement of YouTube Music in 2015, Google has confirmed that this is the player for future devices. Any Android 9 or Android 10 device shipping from now on will have the YouTube Music app installed instead of Google Play Music.

The announcement from Google says: "Music fans on Android can now easily unlock the magic of YouTube Music, which will come installed on all new devices launching with Android 10 (and Android 9). Once you've started your new device, just look for the YouTube Music icon and start listening!" 

For anyone that is not upgrading to a new Android 10 phone or hasn't got the OS yet, you can visit the Google Play store to download it. Google Play Music is still available, but this change in Android default player hints it won't be around for much longer.

YouTube Music app

YouTube Music app

YouTube Music officially launched in 2015, however, it still isn't quite up there with Google Play Music when it comes to functionality. With Google Play you can upload your own MP3 files and create playlists. This is not currently available on YouTube Music but Google says it is coming soon.

Since the launch, YouTube Music has seen some new features. One of those new features is the ability to play locally stored files. You can play your phone or tablet songs through the app, an essential element if Google wants this to be the service everyone uses.

YouTube Music is available for free from the Google Play store so you can download it and give it a try. There is a premium service with a subscription fee of £9.99 per month. That monthly fee gives you:

  • Background play allows you to listen to music while using other apps
  • Download 500 songs to enjoy music offline
  • Ad-free music play
  • Video play allows you to seamlessly switch from audio to video without interrupting the song

As the app develops more we can expect to see additional features added to YouTube Music, so watch this space.

Written by: Carmel Brown