Google might replace Play Music with YouTube Remix later this year

Posted April 26, 2018

One of the worst-kept secrets in the streaming industry is that Google is preparing to launch a new music-multimedia platform called YouTube Remix. Google has already worked out the details with music labels according to reports. What is not sure, however, is the process for how Google Play Music would be phased out in favor of YouTube Remix, as the report only mentioned that Google would be doing a "forced adoption" by the end of this year.

Despite initial concerns from major music labels, we heard late past year that Sony Music Entertainment and Universal Music Group had joined Warner Music Group in signing deals for the upcoming service after Google assuage their fears over copyright issues on YouTube.

Back in December, we heard that YouTube was working on its own streaming music option. We hope that users' existing Play Music catalog will be seamlessly transitioned over to the new service. For its part, Google hasn't commented on launch plans and only told Droid Life in a statement that "nothing will change for users today" and, if and when a new service is announced, users will have "plenty of notice before any changes are made".

That should make it more convenient to use the company's streaming services, but it may come at a price for Goole Play Music fans.

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On the other hand, Apple Music, which is second behind Spotify, has surpassed the 40 million paid users earlier this month and the company is doubling down its effort to take on Spotify by appointing Oliver Schusser as the new Vice President of Apple Music and International Content.

There's no word on what happens with existing customers' Play Music library and playlists, either. Even when the company launched the Google Home Max a year ago, it announced a global partnership with Spotify making it the default streaming option for its home devices despite having its own service.

Recent reports say that the copyright issues in streaming music has been cleared by Google and it would also provide video streaming features. For instance, YouTube Red isn't yet available in Canada.