Google announced that they’re pivoting their focus to YouTube Music over their current music streaming service, Google Play Music. It was an odd move, but considering so many users stick to regular YouTube for their music needs, it makes sense for Google to cash in and change their plan, despite pretty decent GPM popularity in the Android community.
The new YouTube Music wants to house your music library (which you can’t port over from Play Music yet) and mix it in with videos, remixes, and custom playlists from YouTube proper, creating a visual, totally customized experience.
As someone that’s spent a ton of time with Google Play Music over the years, alongside some dabbling in Spotify, Apple Music, and an in-house Plex server, I figured I’d give the new YouTube Music a spin and do an actual review on it. Let’s dig in.