Google has announced that YouTube Music will come preinstalled on Android. The company said this will be the case going forward for devices that run Android 10 out of the box. That also means YouTube Music will now take the place of Google Play Music on your device.
Users have had to download YouTube Music as a separate app from the Play Store. Newer versions of Android 9 Pie will also get the app bundled into their devices in the near future.
“Music listeners on Android devices are now just a few taps away from streaming their go-to tracks and discovering new music. From the gym, to the car, to work—it’s all here, right in your back pocket. Discover official songs, albums and playlists, music videos, remixes, live performances, hard-to-find music, and more. Whatever your mood, we’ve got you covered,” Brandon Bilinski, Product Manager – YouTube Music said in a blog post.
On your new device, simply look for the YouTube Music icon and start listening. That is for Android 10; but not to worry if you don’t have the latest version of the OS because you can download YouTube Music on the Play Store and start using the app.
YouTube Music just is dedicated solely for music—including songs, albums, playlists and artist radio. The service also offers catalog of remixes, live performances, covers and music videos.
Back in April, Google announced that YouTube Music will be coming to smart speakers supported by Google Assistant. If your smart speaker is supported by Google Assistant, and you don’t mind seeing some ads while listening to YouTube Music, then you are one of those to benefit from that announcement. In addition, the company said its streaming service will also be available in its Pixel Buds earbuds and products from third-party manufacturers including Bose, Polk and Sonos.
To activate the free but ad-supported YouTube Music on your smart speaker, simply go to the Account Settings screen in the Google Home app and tap Services and Music. Select YouTube Music as your default service. If you are setting up a new Google Home speaker, you will have to choose YouTube Music as your default service during the setup.
Only last month, Google announced that the music service will be integrated into Waze. With that, people will be able to listen to music while driving and using Waze. This eliminates the need to switch between YouTube Music to listen to music and Waze for navigation.
You can also listen to music in the albums and playlist folders if you have personalized mixes, and this also is possible while driving. The integration is available on iOS and Android devices. To access YouTube Music on Waze, all you have to do is to choose the music notes icon in the Waze app, and then choose YouTube Music.