In a move that should come as a surprise to no one, Google has announced its intentions to merge YouTube Red and Google Play Music into a new unified streaming service. According to YouTube head of music, Lyor Cohen, the merge is necessary for Google to help educate users and recruit new subscribers. I’m not sure what they have in store from an educational or promotional standpoint, but I’m glad they’re finally combining the two services into one. It only makes sense, if you think about it.
I’ve been with Play Music since launch, so I’m grandfathered in at the $7.99 monthly rate. I also have access to YouTube Red, with the same subscription fee I already pay. As such, I can play music videos from within the GPM app, as well as the YouTube app. And then there’s YouTube Music, which is essentially the same thing as YouTube, but it focuses on… You guessed it… Music videos.
YouTube Red + Google Play Music = Boaty McBoatface
We’re not sure when to expect the merge, but it doesn’t sound like it’s happening any time in the immediate future. Cohen said in an interview with tech website The Verge, “Music is very important to Google and we’re evaluating how to bring together our music offerings to deliver the best possible product for our users, music partners and artists. Nothing will change for users today and we’ll provide plenty of notice before any changes are made.”
The three separate apps thing doesn’t bother me much until I ask Google Home or the Google Assistant to play a song for me. Then it wants to know which app I want to use to listen to the song I requested. It slows the process down and makes the overall experience feel a bit clunky, but it’s not a deal-breaker for me. The service itself works great for my tastes, and it plays well with all of my Android devices, obviously. If anything, it’s good to see Google continue to evolve its services, especially those as widely-used as Play Music and YouTube Red.
We’ll keep an eye out for any updates on this, but for now we leave you with a parting question. What do you think they should name the new unified service? Google Play Music Red? YouTube Play Music? Boaty McBoatface? Hit the comment thread and let us know your thoughts.
Source: The Verge