Google Play Music will be replaced by YouTube Remix

Google Play Music could go silent as soon as this year Droidlife reports.                  Jason Cipriani  CNET

Google Play Music could go silent as soon as this year Droidlife reports. Jason Cipriani CNET

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It's worth noting that YouTube Remix was expected to launch at SXSW back in March, but Google denied that it had such plans. Monthly charges apply for YouTube Red membership outside of trial periods.

Rumours of Google working on a new music subscription service first surfaced in December past year when reports suggested that Alphabet Inc was working on new paid music service that would directly compete against Spotify, which has a userbase of 71 million subscribers, and Apple Music, which has almost 38 million subscribers.

As Fortune reports, ditching Play Music in favor of Remix makes a lot of sense. YouTube Remix is launching later than originally promised, but Cohen says that the extra time has allowed the company to flawless the service.

Online streaming services such Spotify and Apple Music have become the music industry's single biggest revenue source, overtaking physical sales and digital downloads for the first time.

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Google is going to create a new service for music, combined with popular video hosting. It wanted to compete with Spotify by developing a more robust service, one which would include on-demand streaming of millions of songs and incorporate video clips from YouTube.

Now, anyone knows that YouTube Music and Play Music are two very different services, despite that both are paid streaming services.

In December 2017, there were reports about YouTube planning to come up with a music streaming service for the users. YouTube's global head of music Lyor Cohen recently acknowledged they are late with the launch, but said the reason behind the delay is they are "making an enormous investment to launch a product that you will be proud of". YouTube itself is a free service with a great recommendation system.

We may see something on this being announced at Google I/O in just a couple of weeks, but it's coming. As per their statements, "the best of Google Play Music's context server" and YouTube's, "breadth and depth of catalogue". Nothing will change for users today and well provide plenty of notice before any changes are made.

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