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Android is replacing Google Play Music with YouTube Music on new devices

Alex Perry

Google launched YouTube Music four years ago, but Android owners have been able to avoid it. Until now, anyway.

In a Friday blog post, Google announced the YouTube-branded music streaming service would supersede Google Play Music as the default music player on Android devices. It'll come pre-installed on new Android 9 and Android 10 devices, though Google was quick to note that Google Play Music can still be downloaded from the Play Store.

This probably won't be all that disruptive in the short term, since the old app isn't going away. Plenty of people probably use a separate service like Spotify anyway. That said, it's worth noting that there are going to be drawbacks to YouTube Music becoming the new go-to Android music app. Read more...

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