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YouTube Music Now Comes Preinstalled on Android

Dave Parrack 30-09-2019

From now on, the YouTube Music app will come preinstalled on Android devices. While this only applies to devices running Android 9 (Pie) and Android 10, it’s another nail in the coffin of Google Play Music, which you’ll now have to download manually.


YouTube Music vs. Google Play Music

In May 2018, Google announced YouTube Music Google Launches YouTube Music and YouTube Premium Google has launched two new services: YouTube Premium and YouTube Music. Except they aren't really new. This is more of a rebranding exercise for YouTube Red and Google Play Music. Read More . YouTube Music comes in two flavors: the free, ad-supported version called YouTube Music, and the $10/month paid version called YouTube Music Premium. Both of which allow you to stream music and more.

Over time, YouTube Music is going to replace Google Play Music. However, the inability to import your songs and playlists to YouTube Music is slowing progress down. Still, Google is pushing forward, and YouTube Music is the new default on Android.

YouTube Music Becomes the Default Player

Google announced the switch in a post on the Official YouTube Blog. The company explains that YouTube Music will now “come installed on all new devices launching with Android 10 (and Android 9), including the Pixel series.”

This is at the expense of Google Play Music, which will no longer come preinstalled on new Android devices. However, even if YouTube Music is the default music player, you can still continue using Google Play Music by downloading it from the Play Store (for now).

By the same token, even if YouTube Music doesn’t come preinstalled on your Android device you can download it from the Play Store. So, just like Google’s multitude of messaging apps, it’s currently maintaining a variety of similar music players.


Google Is Pushing YouTube Music Hard

If you have visited YouTube recently you’ll have seen the ads for YouTube Music. They’re everywhere, as Google is pushing YouTube Music hard. So it should come as no surprise to discover YouTube Music will now come preinstalled on Android.

We’re not quite sure what’s stopping Google from completely killing Google Play Music in favor of YouTube Music, but this decision brings that one step closer. And in the meantime we’ve already argued why you should switch from YouTube Music to YouTube Premium How to Switch From YouTube Music to YouTube Premium (And Why You Should) Google Play Music, YouTube Music, YouTube Red, YouTube Premium... it can all be quite confusing. This article clears it up for you. Read More .

Related topics: Android 10, Google, Google Play Music, YouTube Music.

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  1. dragonmouth
    September 30, 2019 at 6:12 pm

    Oh joy! Is there anyway to uninstall it the damn thing?

    • likefunbutnot
      September 30, 2019 at 8:00 pm

      Generally speaking, default applications are marked as System applications, meaning that they're installed on the System partition. Such apps can be Disabled for a particular user account but not uninstalled. Disabled Apps on Android devices have a tendency to be enabled after Android software updates, which means if you really object to it, you'll also need to periodically check your Applications list to make sure it's still disabled. Or root your phone, assuming you have a model that can be rooted.

      I don't know why anyone would want Youtube for music. Google Play Music allows users to upload files they already have and to edit meta-data if they feel the need to. These two things taken together make it better than other cloud music services and players.

    • jelabarre
      October 1, 2019 at 11:29 pm

      That was my immediate thought. And I knew immediately the answer would be "no". Google has to shove their crap on you at every available opportunity. You certainly wouldn't use a Google product on technical competency, because they don't have any.

      I'll just be forced to disable it like so many other Google apps, and stick with VLC like I always have.