Spotify and Apple Music may be the music streaming giants, but other services remain popular. One of those popular services is Google Play Music, Google‘s own music streaming service. Despite its popularity, a new rumor says that Google Play Music will soon morph into a new streaming service: YouTube Remix.
A source told Android news website Droid Life that Google would end Google Play Music by the end of 2018, replacing it with the new YouTube Remix. The source also said users would be forced to join YouTube Remix by the end of the year. Concrete details of YouTube Remix remain unknown, but a few key aspects have been confirmed. The Droid Life story cites a report claiming YouTube Remix will offer improved music recommendations, as well as allowing users to play clips with music.
The source also said YouTube Remix would recommend music based on the time of day, location, improved playlists and more. Currently, Google Play Music works separately from YouTube Red, Google’s other quasi-subscription service for YouTube. YouTube Remix would help clear the awkward air between Google’s music and video streaming services.
A YouTube spokesperson gave Droid Life 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.
A bit vague, but it sounds like something is indeed on the horizon for Google Play Music and YouTube.
H/T Droid Life