Google Play Music's death date here in the US is set for just next month. But ahead of that eventual expiration, Google has started shutting down the Music Manager desktop application for managing your Play Music uploads, as it promised earlier this year. A notification going out now tells users that it's no longer available.
YouTube Music has been picking up the pace lately in adopting some well-liked features of the outgoing Google Play Music. In addition to all the inherited stuff, the streaming app has also been getting a whole bunch of new features to make the experience more personalized and engaging for its users. In line with that, YouTube Music is now adding a new My Mix section that offers several playlists tuned according to your music taste — but they aren't live for everyone yet.
Shazam is clearly the handiest app when it comes to identifying a song you can't put a name on. Before being acquired by Apple, the service partnered with Spotify to let you listen to songs, until it naturally received integration with Apple Music earlier this year. Apple appears to want to play a fair game, though, as its music identification service is now starting to let you listen to songs with YouTube Music.
If you feel like YouTube Music (YTM) has been adding a new feature every other day, you're not mistaken. With Google Play Music going the way of the dodo soon, YTM has gone into overdrive to match it as much as possible before it's deprecation time. The latest addition is lyrics support on the web client.
After years of playing catch-up with Google Play Music, YouTube Music finally got the ability to let you upload your purchased song library in March. However, that much-requested addition comes with a caveat: You need a premium subscription to cast your songs to smart speakers, which extends even to the ones you uploaded. Some findings by 9to5Google indicate that Google is planning to fix this soon enough.
Google will discontinue Play Music this month, and as such, the company is hard at work improving YouTube Music. One of these enhancements revolves around casting and Google Assistant. Songs you ask the Assistant to play while you cast will now show up in your YouTube Music queue on your phone, and when you start playback via the Assistant, you can tap into the queue by casting to the speaker or display in question.
The phasing out of Play Music has been in progress for a while, and the whole service is set to be discontinued this month. It doesn't come as much of a surprise, then, that Google has begun to transition the default music player on Assistant devices from Play Music to YouTube Music. This also means that most users are now getting ads in between their own songs.
If you haven’t heard the news, Google will be retiring the tried and true Google Play Music this year. In its stead will be YouTube Music, Google’s latest music streaming service. Fortunately, making the switch is straightforward. In fact, we have an explainer that covers all the bases.
The interface presented by YouTube Music won’t be unfamiliar to users of Google Play Music, or users of services like Apple Music and Spotify for that matter. But regardless of whether you’ve made the switch yet, we wanted to explore YouTube Music and highlight some tricks and features that make the service worthwhile.