Report: Google Play Music will be replaced by YouTube Remix this year


Since final July, we’ve been listening to about Google’s plans to merge YouTube and Google Play Music to create a brand new streaming service, and at the moment, a report from Droid Life and a remark from the corporate has shed extra gentle on the scenario.

In keeping with the outlet’s supply, Google Play Music might be changed by the upcoming YouTube Remix platform, which is slated to launch later this yr, and present Play Music customers might be migrated to the brand new service by the tip of 2018.

An announcement from YouTube seems to corroborate this, with hints of notifications about migrating to the upcoming service:

We’ve previously announced the combination of the YouTube Music and Google Play product teams — music is very important to Google so it’s critical we have one offering that meets the needs of consumers and artists. Nothing will change for users today and we’ll provide plenty of notice before any changes are made.

It’s worth noting that YouTube Remix was expected to launch at SXSW again in March, however Google denied that it had such plans.

Whereas it definitely is sensible to mix YouTube’s huge catalog of music movies and Google Play Music’s immense audio library, it stays to be seen precisely how this can play out. Google Play Music is on the market in lots of extra international locations than YouTube’s Pink subscription service for ad-free playback is, so there could also be problems round licensing video content material globally.

With streaming music on the upswing recently (it grew by $2.1 billion year-on-year globally to achieve $7.four billion in 2017), and rivals like Deezer and Spotify introducing new features to keep things fresh for fans, it’s high time Google stepped up its game. Hopefully, YouTube Remix will see it gain some ground in the coming months.

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