The Release of YouTube Remix Could Spell the End of Google Play Music

Do you want another music service from YouTube?

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If you haven't already heard, Google is looking to launch a new music platform service in the form of the rumored YouTube Remix later this year. According to a source via Droid-Life, the new service will end up replacing Google Play Music, forcing users to swap platforms by the end of 2018. If that sounds awful, it's probably true, and it makes total sense that Google would start forcing people onto using things that maybe they're not so excited about jumping to. And as we all know, Google has quite a bit of shutting down services experience.

YouTube Remix will supposedly aid players in finding music with better recommendation services, the ability to play clips alongside music selections, and more with music executives in mind to help quell the YouTube music copyright problem. The source who provided this info didn't exactly explain how Google Play Music will be phased out in favor of the new Remix platform, but since it's a Google service, you can bet it'll probably be sloppy and frustrating as the change happens.

A YouTube spokesperson has since spoken to Droid-Life and gave them the following statement:

"We’ve previously announced the combination of the YouTube Music and Google Play product teams — music is very important to Google so it’s critical we have one offering that meets the needs of consumers and artists. Nothing will change for users today and we’ll provide plenty of notice before any changes are made."

Something is certainly going to bubble to the surface soon, though we don't know what exactly just yet. Hopefully the transition, if it is indeed a forced one, isn't nearly as bad as Google's previous decisions to transition Hangouts users to Allo. Luckily that didn't play out like we thought it would.

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    April 25, 2018 11:00 AM

    Brittany Vincent posted a new article, The Beginning of YouTube Remix Could Spell the End of Google Play Music

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      April 25, 2018 12:02 PM

      I don't want a youtube based music app. This is a terrible idea.

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        April 25, 2018 1:28 PM

        Same here. I subbed to Google music FOR the music, the YouTube tired thing was a bonus. Making it all YouTube or Pandora like would make me unsub immediately.

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      April 25, 2018 12:09 PM

      This article had the appropriate amount of snark.

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      April 25, 2018 12:11 PM

      It sounds like just a rebranding. The branding of "Google Play Music All Access" has always been pretty baffling - on top of the stupid name, it's been bundled with YouTube Red from day one but they still appear to be completely separate services. Merging them behind the YouTube brand seems sensible, though it might now confuse people into thinking it's only for videos.

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      April 25, 2018 12:14 PM

      Google Play music is a classic Google short term love affair. Launch, give it all the love in the world for some months, then leave it and never call back.

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      April 25, 2018 12:46 PM

      As long as I can still purchase and download MP3's easily from a computer or on my phone, I'm fine.

      Couldn't give less of a fuck about streaming or having stuff 'curated'.