We might be saying goodbye to our default music player as Google is set to shut down its music player app, Google Play Music. In its place, there will be a new music streaming service called YouTube Remix.
Although the new service was supposed to debut early this year, Lyor Cohen, YouTube’s head of music, said the launch was delayed because they are “making an enormous investment to launch a product that you will be proud of”.
Reports from Droid-Life stated that Google will close shop on the Play Music service before the end of the year, with all its users and subscribers pushed to YouTube Remix by the end of 2018.
As at this time, we are still not sure how Google will go about those with existing subscriptions on Google Play or if users’ data such as playlists and music library will be carried over to the new service. But we are sure that Google with its reputation will have a system in place to handle this situation.
Set with an agenda of breaking Spotify music streaming dominance, Google may merge YouTube red and Play Music under the YouTube Remix streaming service, also offering video clips. Music streaming deals have already been signed with the likes of Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group late last year, which confirms the impending launch of Remix.
To further confirm these reports, Google through a YouTube spokesperson said via Droid-Life:
“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.”
We all have our favourite music player, some people prefer Boom player over Play Music, but I know I will miss the app.