If you’ve been tuned in the world of music streaming, you’ll know that YouTube Music is Google’s latest bet to compete with the likes of Spotify, Apple Music and Deezer. Google’s platform is set to eventually replaced the good old Google Play Music app. Currently, the co-exist, but the search giant is doing its best to make YouTube Music the user’s first choice.
The company is pushing YouTube Music harder and aggressively than ever. The service is still miles behind its competitors when it comes to the number of subscribers. Knowing this, the search giant found a new strategy to attract users. Google’s new measure to push its music streaming platform will be making YouTube Music app a mandatory GApps application. The GApps package is the set of Google applications that ships in every new Android smartphone. Applications such as Maps, Drive, Chrome, Gmail, YouTube are all part of the GApps package.
From now, the search giant will require that any Android smartphone launching with Pie or above needs to include YouTube Music in the starting package of apps. If you are already a user of Google’s music platform those are good news. However, it can be considered a tricky move for users who want to choose which apps to have on their smartphones. However, this isn’t a new strategy. Back in the day, Google Play Music also came pre-installed on Android devices. Not only that, but it was also the default music player in many phones.
YouTube Music app still lacks the Google Play Music app ability to read and play the songs stored in your library. However, it will eventually get this feature. After all, the application should replace GPM entirely in the future. With this move, Google wants to encourage you to at least try it out.