There’s no question that streaming music is the way to go these days with plenty of choices including Apple Music, Spotify, Pandora, Google Play Music, and more. Rumors have been swirling over the past few months that Google was going to introduce a new music streaming service through YouTube and now those rumors indicate that Google may, in fact, be merging Google Play Music with the new YouTube service, potentially called YouTube Remix.
The latest rumors come via Droid Life in which a source indicated that Google Play Music is indeed pegged to be replaced with YouTube Remix and current Play Music subscribers would be moved to the new service by the end of 2018. A new service is definitely coming, as Lyor Cohen, global head of music for YouTube, mentioned at SXSW earlier this year that the new service would combine “the best of Google Play Music’s context server” and YouTube’s “breadth and depth of catalogue.”
As a YouTube spokesperson told Droid Life:
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.
Vaguely worded, it definitely sounds like something big is in the works with how Google delivers streaming music to its users. It will definitely be interesting to see how Google handles the merge/transition as Google Play Music isn’t available in all the countries that YouTube is available in.
What do you think about the rumor that Google Play Music could be sunsetted at some point this year and replaced with YouTube Remix? Let us know in the comments below or on Google+, Twitter, or Facebook.Source: Droid Life
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