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YouTube Music app is now the default preinstalled on Android 10 devices

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Google announced that YouTube Music will be preinstalled on all Android 10 devices.

This move makes YouTube Music the default music player for most Android devices. It removes Google Play Music by default on Android. New device owners will no longer need to download the app from the Google Play Store.

Google says those who prefer GPM can download it from the Play Store. This is obviously part of Google’s drive to make YouTube Music the new default setting. Those of us who have been in the Android ecosystem for quite some time remember the launch of Google Play Music.

YouTube hasn’t yet allowed users to upload their own songs to YouTube Music, either. This is a key difference between GPM and the YouTube Music app. Many die-hard fans refuse to change until this feature is turned on, but it doesn’t look like it’s happening. The edge has been asking after the function for years now and continues to get the ‘work on’ excuse.

Google’s fuzzy approach to app development doesn’t inspire confidence.

The company wants its new music app to stand up against Spotify and Apple Music. But the subscription service locks down basic features like background playback. Google is also quick to abandon its applications. Just ask any Android user what they think of Android messaging if you want a long story to fall asleep.

The point is, Spotify and Apple Music are constantly adding new features and content. Meanwhile, Google is trying to get the world to adopt its third music app. Exclusive content and originals worth paying for exist on both older services. I have yet to see a YouTube original worth watching.

These days, you can’t open the standard YouTube app without an invitation to spend money on YouTube Premium. Or to download YouTube Music and experience the difference. It got boring enough that I started avoiding YouTube altogether.

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