Google currently has two music streaming services: Play Music and YouTube Music. The latter is ultimately supposed to replace the former, but it has been out for months with very little real progression.
Andrew Martonik, writing on Android Central, makes an excellent point with a scathing look at the current YouTube Music Status:
Whether you look at it for three years or just six months old, it's a matter Clear: YouTube Music is not ready yet, is filled with problems and is incredibly frustrating to use daily. It costs industry $ 10 a month.
YouTube Music is so unfinished and lacks features that I question if Google has any intentions to follow through with its vision to completely replace Google Play Music. Simply put, I can not believe Google believes someone will pay $ 10 a month for it when all signs point to Google itself do not care about YouTube Musics success.
And it can not be faster. Just this morning, I found myself with the idea of releasing Play Music / YouTube Music and moving my family to Spotify. But then I remembered the kicker: YouTube Premium.
Martonik also points out that the true value of Google's music streaming service is the inclusion of YouTube Premium, which removes ads from all YouTube videos (including movies), we only pay for YouTube Premium and receive a free music service free of charge. I fully agree with his assessment, at present, both Google's music services treat subscribers as second-class citizens ( also in Google's own apps ) and are not worth monthly prizes compared to services like Spotify and Apple Music.
If Google really plans to replace Play Music – which is currently much better than YouTube Music, despite its own set of drawbacks – with YouTube Music, it has much of work to do.
via Android Central